Due to poor health, president Edgar Lungu may fail to travel to Namibia next Saturday to attend that country’s 25th independence anniversary.
But government will spend taxpayers’ money to take Rupiah Banda, his guards and officials to Namibia to go and enjoy himself.
Before he collapsed on Women’s day, Lungu had confirmed that he would attend the inauguration of Hage Geingob as president of Namibia in Windhoek. The inauguration of the president will happen simultaneously with independence celebrations.
State House officials tell the Zambian Watchdog that the presidency is at a quandary on whether to force Lungu to travel to Namibia in spite of being sick or to cancel the trip.
‘The problem is that if he does not go, it will be proof that he is unfit since the country was already told that he will go. On the other hand, if he goes, that could be exposing him to danger as you know Namibia is a desert and is hot plus the celebrations will require people to stand in the ground for long hours,’ said a source.
But Rupiah Banda will certainly go. The government will meet all his expenses plus allowances for him and his guards.