Former ZANASU Vice President Prince Ndoyi says there is need for the presidency to frequently interact with the general public so that the public can have an idea of the President’s views on a number of national issues.
In a statement, the former student leader said the decision by the President’s Aide Amos Chanda to feature on the Sunday interview has the potential of creating trust between citizens and the institutions surrounding the the presidency.
He noted that interactions by the President’s Aide with the public will remove suspicions that surround the President and give an insight on the President’s views and positions on contentious issues.
“We are of the view that the presidency needs to interact with the general public frequently to
annihilate suspicions about the presidency.We the Zambian people want to over time continue to interact with the President’s aides through public discussions and forums so that we may get an idea of the President’s mind on a number of issues.
“Amos Chanda’s decision to feature on the Sunday interview program has the potential to create trust with institutions surrounding the presidency among citizens. We Zambians are always kept in the dark on what the President is up to and Most importantly his mind and position on a number of contentious things in public debate, and it’s only if the aides are allowed to engage as such when we erase suspicions and mistrust,” he said.
He further noted that it is not plausible for the President to continually hold press conferences but that his aides can address the many grey areas to communicate the President’s position.
“It’s of course not plausible for the President to continually hold press conferences but through his aides he may address the many grey area subjects that the public wishes to get his thinking on.
“We want to also put it on record that Amos Chanda is a well thought and measured level headed press aide we have seen amongst them all, and we encourage him to maintain his sobriety. It is very unlikely among his peers, most of all have this holier than thou attitude, shrewd and rude behaviour that scares the public from interacting with the institution of the Presidency.
“We breath a sigh of relief when we heard through Amos Chanda that the President has no immediate intention to reintroduce the Deputy Ministers in government.”