President Edgar Lungu’s Special Aide for political affairs Kaizer Zulu has been advised to resign on moral grounds following his arrest for allegedly threatening violence.
Mr. Zulu, whose alleged offense emanates from last Saturday shooting at Lusaka’s Chrismar Hotel, has been encouraged to do so to save President Lungu from embarrassment.
Constitutional lawyer Sakwiba Sikota thinks that despite the fact that there is no legal requirement that can compel Mr. Zulu to resign if he faces charges which do not directly have anything to do with his duties, his predicament hinges on morality.
Mr. Sikota states that morality however requires that the Republican President is not put in an embarrassing position where someone who is a closer staffer of his is facing criminal charges.
He has told Qfm News that this is even when the alleged criminal charges do not related to his official duties.
Mr. Sikota who is also opposition United Liberal Party (ULP) president has advised that if he was in Mr. Zulu’s shoes he would therefore resign to same the Head of State the embarrassment.
He notes for the very least he would ask for leave until such time issues surrounding the charges he has been slapped of threatening violence are sorted out.
Mr. Sikota has suggested that in doing so, one has to however take into consideration whether going on leave would be fair to the person whom one is supposed to be providing services for, who in this case he says is the President.
He says if going on leave, on the other hand, will create a void it would better to completely step aside in order to free the Head of State to put in somebody who does not have the impediment that one has to perform his duties like Mr. Zulu has.