Footage of President Lungu ‘s off the cuff comment on his 2021 bid

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    • I like Edgar, he is humble. I wish he was HH’s vice-president, guiding him.
      Edgar could have been monitoring ministers, like he did under Sata running 4 ministries
      Then HH would have been out bringing those billions from the rich.

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    • mailon

      Ati leadership made simple ? Why did he cause the storm in the first place by threatening judges ?

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    • That statement can be turned into anything in politics. It might mean that he intends to kill himself by then. It may mean that he is going to be taking crap up to 2021. if interpreted from ngoni, chewa or bemba he’s going to be draconian up to 2021. He might be a travelling president up to 2021. It may mean the he’s speech to the manufacturers will go on up to 2021. It may also mean that he is going to bed with ba Daliso or the side dish up to 2021. So what the fuss. This guy is crude, he stole from a client and gullible people want to buy what he is saying, I don’t.

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    • @1.1 YOU ARE A JOKER. WHAT DID YOU SAY? “Then HH would have been out bringing those billions from the rich.”
      A CAPITALIST IMPERIALIST CAN NEVER LET HH TAKE BILLIONS FROM THEM. THE OTHER WAY ROUND IS THE CASE. HH HAS A WEAKNESS (for money) THE FACT A CAPITALIST/IMPERIALIST WOULD USE TO INSLAVE ZAMBIA, AGAIN. THE WEST KNOW THAT HH EASILY SELL HIS COUNTRY WHEN HE SEES THE COLOUR OF MONEY. HH HAS SELF-INTEREST AND STEPHEN SACKUR CONFIRMED IT WHEN HE WAS INTERVIEWING HH.

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    • SO, EVERY BLOGGER ON LT DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT IN WHICH ECL SAID, “…BY THE WAY IAM GOING UP TO 2021…”?
      IN THE CONTEXT OF ALL WHAT/THAT ECL SAID, HE DID NOT SAY HIS PRESIDENCY WILL END IN 2021. IN FACT IT WAS A COMBINATION OF A JOKE AND CONFIRMATION THAT HE WILL STAND IN 2021. IN A JOKING WAY HE WAS TELLING DOUBTING THOMASES THAT HIS TERM DOES NOT END IN 2021. IAM PRETTY SURE THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS HIM TO STAND AGAIN AND ZAMBIANS DON’T AS THE READING CULTURE IN ZAMBIA IS BELOW FREEZING POINT EVEN AMONG THE MOST LEARNED ONES. ECL KNOWS THESE THINGS AS HE IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE VERY FEW LAWYERS WHO READ.

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    • Enka, its not about bravery here, it’s about following what the constitution says. Judges interprate what has already been put into law by legislators. They don’t do William Wallaces and become super heroes. Just like the petition, the opposition thought PF wouldn’t hit 50+1 that’s why they pushed for the Ammended Constitution. The same constitution undid them as they didn’t prepare for petition which clearly had a 14 day limit!!

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  1. Out of all the independence day countries lungu has attended only President Ian Khama of Botswana came to ours and it was no coincidence that he made it a point in fron of lungu to announce he will not be manipulating their constitution to run for a their term even if he wanted…..

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  2. From here, it’s down-hill for Lungu & PF.

    He’ll be the weakest president as PF disintegrates into chaos, pangas, gun-shots due to succession battles.

    They relied on Lungu too much that they forgot to read the 3rd term clause in the constitution. Kikikiki

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  3. The leader to take over from Mr Lungu in PF should be from Western Province. In this case Lubinda Zayelo for 2021. It would have been nice for Mrs Wina the vice president to take over but age is not on her side.

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  4. I don’t know where the excitement is coming from. In my understanding, he means he can only stand upto 2021 not beyond. I think the constitution is very clear on what defines a term. This guy knew what he was doing by putting the constitution ammendment in place before elections.

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    • @Zambian citizen,,,
      You are right about what constitutes a term in the current constitution. You are also right that the chap was clever to make sure it was stated in the constitution..

      But he forgot to make the change retroactive. Remember, he was first elected under the old constitution.

      Also, he neglected to realize that the current constitutional stipulation is very specific about who it applies to. We know for a fact Edgar Lungu is not white. The VP at the time the president died was white. Clearly, NOTHING in the current constitution qualifies Edgar’s eligibility.

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    • But in his own words he said “oh by the way I am only going up to 2021’….. so why is your interpretation of this statement different from what has been said?

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    • @Pambilimano: When the president signed the Ammended Constitution, it has replaced the old. Right now he can’t appoint judges without the recommendation of JSC and ratification of parliament. So what defines a term is the new constitution. You see, ECL is labelled a dull lawyer in your circles. Records at UNZA show he was the best in his intake. It seems the UNZA records prove he is ahead of his detractors!!

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  5. you want Lungu to go but how many times has Kaunda Tilyenji, Nawakwi and HH not respected their party constituition? If they cant respect their party constituition how are they going to respect the national constituition?

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  6. Those who want HE Edgar Lungu to respect the constituition let them also repesct their party constituitions. if you have appeared on presidential ballot paper twice your time is up.

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  7. PPP president Muliokela for Life.
    We have National Constitution for National Presidency.
    Wait for the threatened Supreme Court Bench ruling.
    Either way Lungu is not interested with leading a corrupt country.
    We will protect him for the rest of his life anyway.
    No, no, he has to do more work for this country, ala.

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  8. Thank you Sir for that statement. To you all, there it is, ECL says he is not standing in 2021. This is called complying with the Law of the Land. Thank you Sir.

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