President Edgar Lungu has urged opposition political parties to respect the authority and decision of the Speaker of the National Assembly.
President Lungu said it is imperative that political players should give the Speaker room to exercise his authority as specified by law.
The President said he respects the decision of the Speaker because it is within his jurisdiction to declare the Chilanga seat vacant.
ZANIS reports that the Head of State was speaking to journalists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) upon arrival from South Africa.
President Lungu said he will not interfere with the Speaker’s decision to declare the Chilanga seat vacant because he respects the separation of powers between the Judiciary, Executive and Legislature.
He stated that he will instead stick to his lane of the Executive function of government and ensure that people’s expectations are met.
The President said PF is ready to contest the parliamentary by-election in Chilanga and other elections the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is conducting.
The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has strongly criticized the declaration of Chilanga Constituency seat vacant following the conviction of its Member of Parliament Keith Mukata for murder.
The opposition lawmaker Mr. Mukata has since appealed his conviction.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has described his trip to Botswana and South Africa as fruitful and worth the travel.
While in South Africa, President Lungu held talks with his counterpart the new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on bilateral and regional matters.
Before flying to South Africa, President Edgar Lungu, was in Botswana for the inspection of construction works on the new Kazungula Bridge.
And President Lungu has told the opposition not to make an issue out of his face appearing on books being donated to schools in the country.
The President said if well-wishers opted to put his portrait on the books he had no power to change it but to leave with it.
President Lungu was received by Defence Minister Davies Chama, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila, Cabinet Ministers, Defense Chiefs, senior government and party officials and scores of Lusaka residents.
Lungu will not interfere with Parliament but he will interfere with the Judiciary. Lungu has stopped making sense if he ever did.
Why comment Mr. ECL?
We all respected speaker Musa Mwanamwambwa.
So why uyu Matibini not respected even by Lusambo?
Lungu talks too much before and after flying, now it sounds like its him who has declared Chilanga seat vacant
Mr Lungu is only saying respect the speaker because he is PF. He wasn’t going to say this if the speaker was from the opposition
Lungu is sick, he only talking about the books what of the bicycles?????
Whatever happened to people who write these articles ..they give no timeline or date in the article..imagine if you are reading the article in the archives.
The most incompetent, worthless and clueless man to occupy this office. When will he pack up and leave? Or what are Zambians waiting for to sack him out of there?
What makes a good or bad president is the people who sorround him. Presiddnt Lungu is who he is today because of his special advisers and ministers of the belly in politics, bootlickers (Lusambo, 2018). Unprincipled people will always do the nation more harm than good. The president does not control the speaker, true because he is another cadre in parliament. President Lungu controls the courts, police and anticorruption hence Zambia is faster developing backwards.
The Presidential Jet is a military aircraft because he’s the Commander In Chief of all armed forces. It therefore needs to land at a military institution and Lusaka City Airport at Longacres is such.
Once we complete work at KKIA all presidential departures and arrivals need to moved to the City Airport and the President needs to instruct his commanders only to the ones welcoming him.
No cadres and other officials without a military and/or secret service clearance needs to be the tarmac welcoming him. I trust ECL will be the first President of the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise to institute these measures.
The current status quo is counterproductive even though back under UNIP when it was started was a gesture of goodwill both from the citizenry and presidency … but…
The current status quo is counterproductive even though back under UNIP when it was started was a gesture of goodwill both from the citizenry and presidency … but towards the end of rule KK opted for flying in and out of the City Airport.
His reasons? Tighter security and is closer to State House on Independence Avenue. Besides, LUN back then was having landings and takeoffs every 30 minutes so a presidential arrival or departure brought a lot of unnecessary standstills.
Times are evolving let’s roll … thanks a trillion.
Even in the US, Presidents don’t fly out if Washington’s Reagan National or Washington Dulles International, they chopper on Marine One from the White House south lawn on to St. Andrews Air Force Base to jump on Air Force One.
The British Prime Minister never flies out of London Heathrow or London Gatwick, neither does the French President out of Charle de Gaulle or Orly nor the German Chancellor out of Berlin Tegel Otto Lilienthal or Berlin Schönefeld, etc.
These countries fully understand the role their leaders play in terms of promoting security of the head of state, efficiency and hard work. No need to waste so many man hours on a military undertaking.
The smart people of the Zambian Enterprise can institute similar measures because they are equal to the task … and this can…
For your info Mr. B R Mumba, Senior Rat, your “humble”, “visionary”, “anointed” and utterly corrupt convicted embezzler has already constructed stand alone “Presidential Lounge” at KKIA.
Do yourself a favor, crap in the privacy of your pit-latrine instead of internet. Stench of your arse l!cking is to much to bear.
To @!mbicile fimo fimo … look at you??? Pathetic piece of useless cretin.
I run this country and you don’t … watch this space and very soon, what I wrote above will be implemented and you will still be here spewing out your nonsense from both sides.
Just shut up you pathetic troll … by the most international airport have Presidential Lounges, doesn’t mean that they are for the local head of state!!!
Ukutumpa Ba kolwe imwe … wafonka pamenso we chinangwa we
I lost respect for this Speaker when he failed to respect our constitution by refusing to take over power during the petition hearing.
Any president or speaker who fails to uphold the constitution that he swore upon with a bible in one hand is nothing but a toilet tissue president or speaker.
In RSA, Lungu obviously went to meet his teen SWAZI girlfriend, the one that has been visiting State Lodge. She was given to him by Mswati during the reed ceremony.
he never did make sense muntu wandi
Lungu, please stop wasting your breath, there is no serious Zambian who can heed your useless advice, did you respect the speaker when there was a petition by handing over to him as your constitution requires? Which one should be respected more? Is it the constitution or an individual? In fact by giving any rotten and unsolicited advice, you are irritating us more and more.
Why only opposition, Even PF should respect the rule of Law. You have your people driving Vehicles bearing Reg Number LUNGU 21 with No one questioning them. Shameful indeed.
Zambia’s judiciary should in the same spirit exercise their independence and emulate their Kenyan counterparts. Let’s see Lungu respect that too.
The speaker abrogated the constitution by not taking over the reigns of power during the election petition hence his credibility was severely dented. His recent actions on important issues are clearly impartial and partisan. He behaves like a speaker representing one political party and not the nation. He should a leaf from the late Honourable Nabulyato.
So true. The Constitution is very clear regarding the Speaker taking over during the Presidential Petition and he did not. At that point he lost all respect. He should actually resign!
Kamfwa: Power in a democracy is conferred on you even after winning an election. It would have been improper for Matibini to actively seek to be temporarily conferred with presidential powers during the tenancy of the presidential election petition. In my view , the Attorney General is the one who should have come out to give guidance on what should have happened as soon as the petition was filed into court. We saw proper guidance by Musa Mwenye when Sata died when he came out strongly to advise that Guy Scott as vice-president was the one constitutionally mandated to assume the reigns of power. Spare Matibini on this one.
There was no way the speaker could have taken over power from Edgar Lungu when he had refused to hand over power to him during the petition, otherwise he(speaker) could have been charged with treason.
(Was received by) “…. scores of Lusaka residents” Don’t they have better things to do?
He is not even ashamed ..scores welcoming him when last week was a holiday ..very lazy man Edgar is.
Enze kolwe ma walwa pa ndeke ..
kanshi kufimwena kumalushi pa KKI Airport
There you have it …this lazy thing has been away since Saturday and he expects the whole village to welcome at KKIA!!
“The President said if well-wishers opted to put his portrait on the books he had no power to change it but to leave with it.”
This man has no leadership skills …he is just like just a tool merely there for corruption!!
what about donated tissue paper allegedly to have been printed by anto-nyoo, is also beyond the president’s control. May Sunday Chanda should explain the difference between book-paper and tissue-paper both carry the same image. Please explain
to leave with it or to live with it??
“President Lungu was received by Defence Minister Davies Chama, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila, Cabinet Ministers, Defense Chiefs, senior government and party officials and scores of Lusaka residents.”
Imagine the Army Commander telling his grand daughter that he is dressed up to go and welcome this lazy bone at the Airport from RSA…really laughable!!
But zoona Minister of Defence Davies Chama niwa tucawa at umusungu wa Chipata antemwe. Even holding on to Koswe Mumphoto’s hand like that not knowing where it touched in South Africa.
The article has a date 14 March 2018 hence from the archives one is able to know when this story happened. On well wishers putting his face on books , the reason given by the president is a slip of the tongue so ignore it because few weeks ago his face was on toilet paper made by well wishers and PF MEDIA Fired warning shots that they cant live with it
UPND as a party is a disgrace and its MPs are a shame. We do not need these dull leaders to be in parliament at all.
IT’S NOT YOU AND YOUR LITTLE BRAIN TO DEVIDE.
And you are Rat*****?
A chronic loser leading the flock of losers to a ditch.
Well-spoken Mr. President! You are a great leader with a vision! Zambia is doing great with your leadership. Never listen to “TRIBES!”
Instead of listening to “TRIBES”, listen to victor the great arse l!cker
Victor, this tribal thing you keep broaching up is retrogressive and one wonders why you have so much hatred for other tribes. No matter what topic is on the table, your contribution is always on tribes, tribes and tribes. I am not insulting you but just to remind you that God has his way of looking after HIS people, one day just one day in future, one of the hated tribes may have a president at state house, maybe not HH. Can you imagine how they will treat other tribes ( Bembas in particular who are leading the campaign to alienate other tribes) in retaliation? I may not be there to witness it but it will happen. Going by your past postings, my inkling is that you are a nurse there in USA. With such hatred, can you even attend to (or help) a Tonga, Lozi, Kaonde patient in your ward?…
It’s very sad for all the negative comments above coming from HH supporters> You can read that these guys are losers. Come 2021 you will lose again and this will be the 7th time your leader will lose. We need progressive comments which help build the country. Do not follow the Trump divisive example. Your comments are like that of a person who looks after cattle in the field. I’m not a supporter of either ECL or HH as both of them are human and have their own shortfalls.
The upnd’s agenda from day one has been to trash and discredit the institutions of our country. As prescribed by their sponsors, they wanted to create a perception of break down of law and order so that the international vultures can move in and remove a democratically, legally voted government and install them. The president is spot on, these institutions must be respected as they will outlive PF and upnd and will always be there. These international vultures have no heart for our children, our institutions always will.
Here we go again, health tourism! Lungu went to Kasane in Botswana but all of a sudden ended up in Morningside Joburg besides meeting Cyril in Pretoria. This was Sata’s tragic incognito route to Embassy Park, let Lusambo start preparing another whole in the ground, iyo naimbi state funeral yaoneka!
In all of SADC, Lungu is a joke, nothing more! They all know his nonsense every time he visits then and with South Africa it’s worse, they know his incurable sickness and dangerous se.xual escapades!
I’ll say again-The age old saying goes: Great minds discuss IDEAS, Average minds discuss EVENTS, SHALLOW MINDS DISCUSS PEOPLE. I guess you know where you are……Lungu is not the subject matter here, it is the respect of our institutions he is talking about. How has his health come into context?? Aren’t we suppose to be discussing the three arms of government?? Mungulu nangula bukopo???
Zambian Citizen you are dead on UPND small minds always discussing people. They cannot for a change discuss how they are going to improve the lives of the Zambian people if ever they get voted into office of President.
The speaker is known to be compromised by the decisions he has made in parliament. The president is public property and is accountable to the Zambian people 24/7. If he should be traveling on abrupt trip away from base, the Zambian taxpayer who is responsible for the cost of the trip ought to know. If he is receiving medical attention, the people who pay for his medical bills should know (MUBISA MATENDA). This president, by his conduct in the office does not inspire respect. (the corruption, abrogation of the constitution, road contracts, etc, etc have had a negative image of him. He is now reported to have broken up with his wife. If a man can’t manage his home, how can he be expected to manage a nation?????
Out of context and out of topic, totally. You misguided and clueless upnd fanatics, what do you understand about governance??? NHI bill comes up for debate in parliament, something that exists in your upnd manifesto, you walk out on instruction of the most useless and clueless politician Zambia has ever had, hh. The truth is upnd didn’t walk out because the bill is bad, they walked out because they didn’t even prepare to debate it. They had no ideas to contribute. Like you their supporter, you lack substance for meaningful discussion and debate. Your shallow mind only allows you to focus on personalities not ideas. You are cow dung!!
@18.1 Zambian Citizen, Please do not try your stinking toilet acrobatics with me. Everything out there starts and ends with Lungu. The SoB has zero ability and executive interference with the other two arms of state is rife. To pretend otherwise is gutless stupidity that stinks to the high heavens above. So please take your intellectual snobbery uko kumawa kwanu bakoswe imwe!
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