A picture where Livestock and Fisheries Michael Katambo is seen kneeling for President Edgar Lungu, has gone viral on the internet.
The photo was taken on Sunday inside the Parish priest’s office at Mary Immaculate Parish in Lusaka shortly after President Lungu attended mass.
While President Lungu sat comfortably on the only chair in the office, Mr Katambo with fear all over him, clenched both hands as he knelt.
It looked as if President Lungu was scolding Mr Katambo.
Another man was seen in the room, but his face was not visible.
It is possible that he took the snapshot that is now all over the internet, as the man was seen holding a camera.
Many people in Africa have taken to Twitter and Facebook to poke fun at Mr Katambo and mock President Lungu
Fikile Mbalula, South African Minister of Sports, taunted them on Twitter.
“Zambia’s president holding discussions with his livestock minister. No seat for him, not even kneeling,” Mbalula wrote.
Social Activist Laura Miti wrote, “How the President could sit there and accept that kind of veritable self-flagellation from the Minister, I cannot understand. What is going on in your head as you speak to a Minister grovelling before you like that?”
She added, “You somehow convince yourself it is due to you? To be quite honest no one; no matter how “lowly” their position in life, should be expected to take that posture before an elected official or anyone. Ah a-Lungu, yayi Baba! Muleke zoteti.”
[email protected] wrote, “Africa will not progress if Africans don’t stop treating their leaders like gods.”
President Lungu appointed Mr Katambo in September last year after he was re-elected as Masaiti PF Member of Parliament.
A similar Picture below went viral during the Late President Mwanawasa’s era