The President should frequently interact with the general public-Ndoyi

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President Edgar Lungu
President Edgar Lungu

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.”

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    H,E, EDEGAR LUNGU ONLY INTERACTS WITH FOREIGN INVESTORS US ZAMBIANS DON T COUNT BECAUSE WE HAVE NO SWIVAL PICTURES AND GIFTS TO GIVE HIM. BUT ON A SERIOUS NOTE THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO ADDRESS US FROM TIME TO TIME. NEXT TIME WE HAVE HIS MOUTH PIECE AMOS CHANDA COME AND TALK ON HIS BEHALF WE WILL STAGE MASSIVE DEMONSTRATIONS BECAUSE HE AMOS IS JUST A CIVIL SERVANT BEING PAID BY US AND NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY.

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      Maybe when he visits Zambia from his many non stop trips he will talk to us the taxpayers, that is if he manages to avoid the free whisky at state house and be sober enough to talk coherently.

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    Mr. Ndoyi, you are among the few zambians who have appreciated Amos Chanda. I thank you for your opinion. Any meaning zambian shud appreciate ur opinion irrespective of ur politicial affiliation. Opposition parties, upnd in particular never saw anything good in what Amos spoke. Thank u Mr. Ndoyi. UPND stop crying and focus on 2021 who knows I may vote for you tho ECL is likely to rule up to 2026. Cikonko mwikate.

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    WE NEED TO SEE LUNGU NOT THE HIS CHOLA BOY WHO WAS BUSY INSULTING THE JUDICIARY IN PUBLIC …….DURING PRESIDENT MWANAWASA’S GOVERMENT THAT WAS A VERY BIG OFFENCE ASK NERVOUS MUMBA HE WILL TESTIFY.

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      The expression “horse’s mouth” comes to mind. Maybe he should put his thoughts down in a ‘Little Green Book’ for all of us to peer through his mind…!

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    Mr Ndoyi, I support your statement that the President should frequently interact with the public. We need to hear from him in order to have reassurance that he knows what he is doing. I do not agree with your assumption that Presidential aides can fulfil the same role. The weakness of an aide can be exemplified in the manner in which Amos erroneously assumed he was spokesperson for the party, government and the President. He has lost direction and is need of being pulled back in line. He needs a reorientation workshop. The President can speak on all that , not his spokesperson.

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    President Lungu believes that it is foreign summits that vote for presidency but not citizens hence he only visits foreign international summits outside the country and if he visits local scenes it is to either watch football at stadia or commission a project. For football he can even donate money whilst people are sleeping hungry next door at Kalingalinga and Mtendere not to mention other shunt compounds & suburbs of Lusaka & the entire country. Visiting church is his personal duty to worship his creator just like any other person & has nothing to do with state house obligations.

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    Not when he is FREQUENTLY inside a plane flying to Morocco, Tanzania, France, Italy

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