Zambia’s Home Affairs minister Edgar Lungu’ Friday morning entered parlaiment while very drunk.
The levels of intoxication prompted opposition members of parliament to raise a point of order demanding a medical test to ascertain his capacity to operate normally.
On his twiter, Chipangali MP Vincent Mwale posted that: ‘Minister Lungu appeared drunk in parley prompting MPs to raise points of order to have him tested by the clinic to prove he wasn’t drunk.’
Lungu, a Lusaka-based lawyer, who is haunted by his careless intake of alcohol, is struggling to come to terms with his social life and a high profile position in the PF government.
This morning the minister in charge of sensitive wings such as the Zambia Police and the intelligence was visibly drunk and reeking of beer.
Opposition members were upset and demanded that Lungu be tested for the levels of alcohol intake and be prove whether he was drunk on duty or not.
The Ministry of Home affairs, where Lungu is head, has recently experienced gaffes which are sometimes corrected by permanent secretary Maxwell Nkole under duress.
Members of parliament from the opposition are expressing disappointment with Lungu’s attitude towards government business and are wondering how the PF will tackle serious issues affecting the country if Lungu will continue attending parliament in a drunken stupor.
Lungu sometimes appears drunk at press briefings and his statements become incoherent.
But luckily even in this drunken state, Lungu managed to read out his statement in which he said the Public Order Act is a good piece of legislation.
Lungu said that as far as government is concerned, the Law in its current form is a good one adding that its existence is therefore justified.
He says opposition political parties should understand that the right to hold public meetings or demonstrations is not absolute, A statement that attracted sharp reactions of disapproval from the opposition benches.
Lungu explained that by their very nature, public gatherings such as rallies and demonstration are potentially explosive.
He also pointed that by merely giving notice to the police for a public meeting is no guarantee that such a meeting should go ahead.
Lungu stated that the public order Act is necessary to the country in order to keep public order.