President Lungu addresses Zambians living in USA at the permanent mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, September 30,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu addresses Zambians living in USA at the permanent mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, September 30,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday evening cancelled his appearance on a scheduled live interview with the BBC on Focus on Africa at short notice.

The interview which was set for 19:30 Hours Zambian time from New York, USA was pulled out after President Lungu informed the BBC that he was unavailable with minutes into the program.

The BBC had asked Zambians on its Facebook page to post short watts up videos asking questions directed at how President Lungu is administering national affairs.

Some of the questions ranged from how President Lungu is dealing with the depreciation of the Kwacha, load shedding and whether mining companies like Glencore are paying enough taxes.

Program Presenter Sophie Ikenye announced that President Lungu had informed the BBC that he will not proceed with the interview.

No reasons for the withdrawal were stated.

President Lungu addresses Zambians living in USA at the permanent mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, September 30,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu addresses Zambians living in USA at the permanent mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, September 30,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu with First Lady Esther Lungu and children at the permanent mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations in New York where he addressed Zambia's living in USA on Wednesday, September 30,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu with First Lady Esther Lungu and children at the permanent mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations in New York where he addressed Zambia’s living in USA on Wednesday, September 30,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
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138 COMMENTS

  1. An opportunity lost to clarify economic issues and reassure the international community of Zambians’ viability as an investment destination. Perhaps the advanced questions needed a little bit of research and the technical team did not have time to come up with a proper guide.

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    • Ba Lungu – what happened? This is the presidency you wanted – being asked tough questions! Zambians want answers. Your colleague Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya went with a business delegation to New York and has gone back home with over $ 4 billion worth of investments. But ba Lungu – you went with musicians and PF cadres in a chartered plane and now failing to answer questions on governance, corruption, electricity load shedding, and economic (mis!)management! Please listen to the advice given to you by others, e.g. Dr Musokotwane, Ms Nawakwi and others.

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    • BBC has strong ethics , they require attestation that person is sober before the interview is conducted.

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    • I am sure he has a valid reason which he will have his supremely intelligent press guy or even more intelligent Info Minister tell Zambians if he chooses to. Read between the lines. He saw the questions given to him in advance and ‘bottled’ it… Chuckle.

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    • Indefensible – enough is enough.

      Let Miles sampa take over PF

      He is ‘the one’ the president always wanted to take over anyway.

      Thanks
      BB2014

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    • Ok I may not like Lungu by BBC is not God that Lungu has to show up when summoned. Lets get rid of our inferiority complex.It’s ok to snub a western news agency.In fact I give Lungu my first thumbs up since he came into power.They just wanted to make him look stupid(stupid-er) in front of the whole world. Let them go and interview Cameron.We can deal with our own Id.iots thank you very much.

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    • Hello my people, sorry I am late. I don’t believe Edgar missed that BBC interview, we didn’t drink that much that day.
      You see I told you that ka mission in NY is too small. Most of guys just stayed in bar across street.

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    • This is getting out of hand now! How can the entire president disappoint us in this manner? This only shows that we voted a wrong person for the highest office in the land. However, its not a surprise even during election debates, he still chickened out plus he has failed even to have one single press conference in Zambia.

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  2. I am sure the president had excellent reasons for the cancellation. You don’t just succumb to questions unprepared especailly with BBC with world wide viewership. Lest, nefipuba like BAFORWARD with tribalism..bakumona ukana kwana amano nga taupele comprehensive response to critical questions. BRAVO our presido, limo ama interviews yamo mazeto fye…tukasuka nga twapwisa reaserch to the current problems…. like ba yaluma naba chikwanda nga ba submitter ama reports yabo….

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    • Very good reasons indeed.
      Chiefly, absolute ignorance of the status of economy in Zambia, followed closely with constant breaches of fundamental rights, institutionalized corruption, collapse of local currency, pardoning of convicted rapist, misuse of State resources for party needs………………………….

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    • That right there is the problem – a general should never be unprepared – a general should be able to think on his feet. Just dropping silly hats and useless travel company would be a good start in being taken serious and competence can be learned if you are willing. Stop giving excuses for amateurish incompetence.

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    • @Umuntu Muntu Nga Muntu. ,Cacine that interwers s just maseto fye . only few pipo ebo mfwako ku bbc
      bbc is just a rubbish note.
      just leave him alone. why ukulandila kumbi ukasha kumwakwe ku Zambia
      Ala Guys dont be mislead. H.H. s a failure.. come 2016..

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  3. Just as well, it could have been embarrassing to watch him display his ………. for the whole world to see!!!!!

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  4. Failure by Government to defend its policy wether bad or not is failure indeed.Now I totally believe Lungu has chickens for advisors.Lungu I love you so much but your chicken advisors will cost you.

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  5. He cannot articulate issues, this malabishi. They should have interviewed HH first for him to get an inkling. Mr ‘Me too’. Useless. Mutoho ndate yo.

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  6. He was informed in advance so had time to prepare for the interview. It just shows you that this man is dull. Ba PF cadres always supporting stupid things even when you know that its wrong and a sin of failure. Why should you always bring in tribalism, is this the only weapon you can use against UPND. The more you use such an attack the more we belive that they have better policies. I am not a tongo or lozi but i belive they at least have the brians and seriousness to tackle some issues. Now not Lingu who is partying all the time and can waste over $300,000 to charter a plane. The meeting finished a week ago but he is still in the USA.

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