GOVERNMENT has admonished United Party for National Development (UPND) presidential advisor Douglas Syakalima over his continued disparaging remarks against President Edgar Lungu and the Patriotic Front (PF) administration.
Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that Mr Syakalima had continued disparaging the Presidency on flimsy grounds such as information contained in a story attributed to him in yesterday’s edition of the Post newspaper.
Mr Kambwili said as a former Member of Parliament (MP) who served in various Committees of the House, Mr Syakalima was in a better position to understand the etiquette of MP’s hence the Government’s concern over his disrespect towards the President.
“One expects Mr Syakalima to be respectful, decent and honourable in commenting on national issues, the Presidency, in particular.
“It is therefore, unacceptable and unbecoming of Mr Syakalima, a former legislator, to callously issue disparaging remarks against the Head of State for no plausible reason,” Mr Kambwili who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister said.
He said Mr Syakalima’s morbid hatred for President Lungu would not help him politically but may just serve to destroy the moral fibre of the country as young people were meant to think that insulting a Head of State was normal.
Mr Kambwili said as a lecturer at one of the country’s high institutions of learning, the University of Zambia (UNZA),Mr Syakalima was expected to inculcate good morals in the youth particularly students.
The Minister said partisan politicking as being practised by Mr Syakalima was not allowed in institutions of learning because it only served to negatively influence students and disrupt their concentration on studies.
He threatened that Government would be left with no option than to recommend the termination of Mr Syakalima’s contract as he had continued to engage in partisan politics.
“Government, therefore, wonders whether politically charged lecturers like Mr Syakalima should continue serving in the University or indeed other institutions of higher learning.
“If Mr Syakalima continues with his conduct, Government will be left with no option but recommend the termination of his contract,” Mr Kambwili said.
This year, Mr Syakalima has made headlines in the Post Newsaper against President Lungu.
Yesterday, the Post Newspaper quoted him as saying that Zambia has a lazy President whose success only shows in tailor-made suits. In August, Mr Syakalima was again quoted saying that said President Lungu also needed a lot of rest, and not alcohol, because of his health condition.
“Because of his physical health, he easily becomes fatigued without doing anything. But when he is fatigued like that, he goes on beer. He has an alcohol problem,” he said. Syakalima said there was also need for the Head of State to start going to the gym so that alcohol could be removed from his system.