Laura Miti writes
The Presidential Presser
My appraisal of the presidential is that the fact of it was commendable. A President must speak to citizens through the press. EL’s refusal to do what he did today more often has hurt him tremendously.
While the fact of the press address was a win, I found the content was by turns same old, same old, lacking the articulation of issues required of a President or downright shocking.
In particular the President’s answers on these questions were disturbing:
1. #Bill10 The President seems to genuinely believe resistance to atrocious Bill is a PF vs UPND battle. The arrogance on this matter that frightens so many citizens is unrelenting and stunning☹️!
2. Ministers salary repayment. What a dog’s dinner he made of explaining why Ministers are disobeying a court order🙆🏽♀️.
3. Chishimba Kambwili. This one was terribly unpresidential. Very personal and resentful comments.
4. Citizen right to assembly😮. Ati there should be times when people do not campaign. Our right to gather as citizens is campaigning??
5. #LowerZambezi🤔. Clearly we still have a battle on our hands.
6. Cadres at markets. Didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the President’s attempt to suggest cadres just took over markets and busstops without the party hierarchy knowing and facilitating it. 🙄!
7. Loadshedding – very unconvincing!
8. The economy and accountability: This one EL is fundamentally weak on, we all know that. So he reads what is written for him even if it is all fluff. And it is the economy we need him to turn around!
Overall, will give him 5/10 with 4 marks being because he actually held a press briefing and 1 on staying with the cadres-must-leave-markets difficult decision to make.