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President LUNGU and his Kenya counterpart toasting ma JEMASON yesterday at state house.
Having had two sick presidents die in office within a space of eight years, Zambians pay special attention to Lungu’s health. During the campaigns there were loud calls for medical examinations for all candidates. This is to stem the high public costs for presidential health care and resultant state funerals Alungu anakana.
In 2012, Lungu collapsed at State Ho
use during a swearing in ceremony. Speculation has remained since that he is diabetic and has a worst kidney problems that could trigger national mourning and negatively deplete the little debts the broke regime is depending on. He has publicly denied this.
What he has failed to ‘kill’ are suggestions that he may have a drinking problem. Photographs have been published on the internet showing him in stupor or various states of inebriation.
In a published secret recording of Sata’s uncle Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, the minister is heard complaining that Lungu “made decisions when drunk.”
A Zambian journalist rejoined: “I hope we have not put a Boris Yeltsin into State House.” This was in reference to the Russian leader who was at the helm of the superpower from 1991 and 1999. Yeltsin was known to have a drinking problem.
Lungu does not have any conceivable oratory or people skills even him admitted on a Sunday interview programmes on ZNBC that he has no vision on how he can drift this country.
Now Zambians are able to understand what he meant that he had no vision of his own for Zambia. These accusations were compounded when Lungu boycotted two consecutive television presidential candidates’ debates. His handlers were claiming he was “too busy campaigning” on both occasions.
But today it’s clear that President Lungu cannot articulate issues unaided.
However at his inauguration, Lungu promised to improve his engagement with the public. As president, he would be the “man of the people’’, regularly holding. This is the man of the people Zambia voted for????
Feminist and political activist Sara Longwe doubts whether Lungu could minimally deliver on his promises. She says however, that he would be forgiven somewhat if he can deliver on just the constitution and resign peaceful before the 2016 polls come.