PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has gone on holiday in Nyimba with some members of his family to recover from the economic stress.
Sources have disclosed that the President is resting at Nyamvu Game Ranch Safaris in chieftainess Mwape’s area of Nyimba district, following an exhausting tour of the Copperbelt Province last week.
Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo confirmed that the Head of State was “at a very unlikely place” in the province, but declined to confirm the exact location.
“He is actually around but he is taking a break, a working one. He is working on a couple of issues for the nation while he is resting, so even us don’t want to go and disturb him, we are just waiting,” Kasolo said.
“When he is ready, he will let us know; then we will obviously go and meet him and try and persuade him to visit a few development projects here. We have prepared a few projects that we would like him to visit.”
Asked to confirm that the President was in Nyimba, Kasolo said: “No, he is in the province [laughs]. If we say where he is, people will start going there; people like you the newspaper men. He is in the province but he is at a most unlikely place.”
But sources in Nyimba said President Lungu arrived at Nyamvu Game Ranch on Wednesday afternoon.
“The President arrived here on Wednesday late in the afternoon with Mr Kaizer Zulu, Amos Chanda, his daughter Tasila and other close family members, but the first lady is not here. So access to Nyamvu Safaris has been restricted. They are not allowing any guests at this point,” said the sources.
A check at Nyamvu Safari website found contact numbers temporarily non-operational with a general notice stating: “Stay on our private game ranch situated on the Luangwa river. We boast of en-suite chalets right at the edge of the river plus camping options. We have a private campsite, ideal for groups or even individuals and couples looking for a quiet getaway. We do not stock alcohol, but our guests can bring their own drinks.”
Meanwhile, government sources have disclosed that President Lungu suspended his planned tour of Eastern Province so that he could enjoy some rest privately.
“Yes, he was scheduled to start the tour of Eastern Province, but there have been some changes to the programme. So he decided to go and rest first until Sunday. And on Sunday, he is expected to fly to Ndola to watch the football match [between Zambia and Sudan],” the sources said.
The source said President Lungu did not want to be disturbed and that was why he chose Nyamvu Game Ranch for his holiday instead of Chichele Presidential Lodge in Mfuwe, where he went after his inauguration.
“That tour [of the Copperbelt] was quite tiresome. It was such a busy schedule, so he needed to take some rest. That is why he has gone on this break. But he does not want to be disturbed. If you check, you will see there is even no network where he is,” said the source.