How was Presidential power transferred to Chama ?

How was Presidential power transferred to Chama ?

By Nason Msoni

The supposed explanatory statement issued by the president’s Special Assistant for Press confirming that Hon. Davis Chama was Acting President of Zambia raised more questions than answers. It also brings to the fore the need for an incumbent president to appoint assistants with a history and knowledge of the mechanics of public service.

After a series of denials, they finally conceded that indeed Hon. Davis Chama had been acting as president while President Edgar Lungu was on what was said to be a working holiday in South Luangwa.

Our concern is that the transfer of power from an incumbent president to whoever the president feels the propensity to bequeath it to is not a private matter between two private individuals. It is the presidency we are dealing with which involves the transfer of state power to another individual.

Power transfers have emotive implications especially if the other person being paid hard earned tax payers money is on working holiday within the country, whilst another person acting in the same capacity is also drawing money from the same office. Our highly indebted nation can ill afford such wanton expenditures.

Precedence attests to the fact that any time there is a transfer of the instruments of power, a Gazette Notice must be issued promptly to validate the act and notify the public. Short of this, people will speculate to fill the blanks. Let us not be seen to be rewriting the time-tested protocols and procedures governing the public service which have served us without eliciting public speculation and conjecture for decades.

It boggles the tax payers mind why an incumbent president who is on “working” holiday within the country would need someone to act while he is working. The “infuriation with the “high levels of misinformation, rumor mongering and ignorance (sic) is caused by an inert failure to inform the nation in good time and publishing the necessary documents. Someone who draws public funds to inform the nation about the president must forestall our ignorance, rumour mongering and misinformed minds by being proactive and following time-tested tradition.

To our knowledge, or lack of it, we did not see the Gazette notice effecting the alleged transfer of power to Hon. Chama. It is this inability or unwillingness to operate in a lucid, organised and time-tested modus operandi that gives rise to the “infuriated” efforts at damage limitation.

Acknowledge the inadequacies and in all future engagements follow laid down public service protocols and procedures to avoid crying wolf.

Moral of the discourse? Do not shut the stable door after the horse has bolted.

Nason Msoni
All People’s Congress APC

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    Barry gud2knw 1 week ago

    The President is on a working holiday within the country according to pf this is the information we have .but why do we have an acting President when our President is within demand an answer and knowledge from pf wise vocalists

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    Clause 109 of the Constitution gives grounds for the presidency to have an acting president. It does not include a president being on leave and working somewhere within the country.

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    There is nothing Musoni is talking about. Is justing beating about the bush. What exactly does he want

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    Zonzo 1 week ago

    That is a lame answer.The report was that the president was on a working holiday.If the president is not working he can appoint Someone to act but unfortunately the lie from Amos was that he was working.Just another guff from PF.This is 2018 how does someone use lies to explain himself,we have googled the plane’s itinerary.

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    kubweka 1 week ago

    I would like to know exactly when does a president appoint someone to act in his position and what does the law and our constitution state on this? before anyone insults me, I am asking because I am ignorant on the fact.

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    I support lunu but lately he has just become a useless president

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    Yangu 2 weeks ago


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    abilima 2 weeks ago

    The President and his Deputy were both not at State House – so the third in command is the Minister of Defense. If the question is about the whereabouts of the President, let Mr. Msoni be specific and not wander into the bush.