Former Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu ruled Zambia for 7 years and upon assuming the highest office of the land, he adopted autocratic tendencies where he unleashing the unprecedented level of cadreism on the ordinary citizens whom he swore to protect by virtue of Oath of Presidency.
During his reign as President of Zambia, the country slipped into high levels of indebtedness and high levels of corruption like never seen before.
He preached infrastructure development but the country’s infrastructure leaves much to be desired despite the country accruing a lot of debt for the said programs.
Since leaving office last in August after a crushing defeat, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has made some unstatesman like comments.
During the burial of former Republican President Rupiah Bwezani Banda, he uttered the statement of “Hypocrisy”.
A state that caused a stir in the political arena in the country at the time when Unity should have been preached by a man who is the only surviving former Head of State in the country.
When Former First Lady Esther Nyawa Lungu was summoned by the Drug Enforcement Commission for questioning over flats she allegedly built after a donation from a friend in the United States of America.
Edgar Chagwa Lungu being a lawyer by profession must be well acquainted with the law that the former first lady should have declared the assets built for as a donation.
Her being a public figure and having indirect influence on the state as part of her being the first lady should have shown more transparency by declaring the said assets as a donation.
However, the statement coming from her husband who is the former head of state clearly show that Edgar Chagwa Lungu is not in touch with reality and never believed in the Democratic tenets that this country upholds so dearly.
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu said Antonio: “Don’t blame me that I gave up power. It was the right thing to do.”This statement shows that the man has not healed and is not ready to be a Statesman and that he ascension to the Presidency and eventually leaving the Presidency never believed in constitution provisions.
Hence making such undemocratic statements before the media.
According to the Zambian constitution amendment act of 2016 No. 2 Article 90 (3) states that:-
The President shall, in exercise of the Executive Authority of the State
(a) Respect, uphold and safeguard Constitution
This constitutional provision clear mandates the office bearer of the office of Presidency to Respect uphold and safeguard the Supreme Law of the land the constitution. However, it is really absurd that the former head of state is still the thought he should have held on to power despite the crushing defeat his party suffered in the General Elections.
Former Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu should accept the reality that he lost the elections and now is the time for the Nation to move on and unity regardless of the events surrounding us in the nation. He needs to sober up and be a Statesman the country can depend on.
The behaviour too being portrayed by the former ruling party also makes the former president feel as though he is a demigod. Let the party move on and let the man rest as he has retired from politics.
If he has not retired from active politics then the government should take the decisive step of stopping paying him his retirement package as he is still actively participating in politics. Former President Edgar Chagwa Lungu needs a Press Aide to handle his media duties as putting him in the spotlight will make him lose the dignity that the people have bestowed on him as the former head of state.
Former president Edgar Chagwa Lungu needs a reality check and sober up and be a Statesman that the country expects of him.