Mr Amos Chanda
Mr Amos Chanda

STATE House has said that there was absolutely nothing irregular for President Edgar Lungu to designate power to Defence Minister Davies Chama when the Head of State took leave.

In a special interview on ZNBC, Special Assistant to President Lungu Amos Chanda observed that State House was infuriated with the high levels of misinformation, rumor mongering and ignorance. Mr. Chanda wondered what legal statute those saying Mr Chama could not act as President were using.

“When the President is on leave he designates someone to act. By operation of the law, if the President is out of the country, on leave or for any other reason he is unable to perform those functions, he will issue an instrument of designation to allow the person appointed to discharge those functions and in this case, the President signed an instrument designating Hon. Davies Chama, Defence minister to act as President,” Mr Chanda said.

“The President was in the country, he was on leave, the Vice President was out of the country so another person had to be designated.”

And when asked whether he can appoint someone to act while he is in the country Mr Chanda said;

“What statute are they referring to? It is this kind of rumour mongering, peddling in ignorance that makes people to think that way,” he lashed out.

“I mean you and I grew up believing that if Dr Kaunda was not in office, the Chief Justice became President but there was never a thing like that. The President can be on leave and the Vice President will act and if the Vice President is not there, any other person will act. There is nothing absolutely irregular.”

Mr Chanda, bemoaned the level of false information that is being peddled, especially on online media blogs that claimed that the president had made the a cabinet reshuffle.

“It is the culture of rumour mongering, peddling false information that also brings me to the point that the President has not fired any minister or reshuffled any, he resumed work yesterday and tomorrow he is chairing the Defence Council and meeting several delegates from DRC,” he said.

Mr Chanda also dismissed any suggestion that the president was ill or not physically fit.

“Regularly, he does his exercise on Wednesday and Friday. You are welcome to do that, he will be with Barclays Bank Zambia Limited tomorrow and they are coming with 150 people to join him. The President is well, he will take leave as it is designated,” Mr Chanda said as he revealed that it was State House which plans the President’s calendar as to when he can take leave.

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56 COMMENTS

  1. If Lazy Lungu took leave and left dull Davis Chama as acting President …then why was he calling it a “working” vacation? Its clear Lazy Lungu was out of the country …more questions arise…Amos when you are stuck in a hole there is no point digging!!

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    • The PF think everyone is dull.

      They are way too secretive.

      If Lungu went to Swaziland via RSA to check on his mansion, just say so.

      From Amos’s statement, it is now even clearer that Lungu had left the country.

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    • Lazy bum illiterate tribal TONGA Larry Mweetwa son of a polygamist tribal father who never taught him toilet training pooping in PUBLIC HAGAIN needing cynical tattoo-clad MUTINTA HICHILEMA, BoSpaka and Privatisation thief HAKAINDE HICHILEMA to change diapers HAGAIN! The TRIBAL CHIEF CHILDISH is UNELECTABLE!

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    • Hamasaka Hagay Jay I told you Go for Male Circumcision and remove the filth from that small parrot brain of yours. How can you, an adult based in the UK believe a fake story on Zambian Witch Doctor that the President flew out of the country? Is it because those fake stories are written by your nephew Lloyd?
      Grow a new brain badala

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    • wwwDOTflightradar24DOTcom/data/aircraft/9j-one

      The Challenger flew to Joburg on 28 Nov.

      Lungu was in Joburg with drug Lord Findlay.

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    • Simply read the responses above; the same childish rants from the same kids…I mean if I am a Head of State and I am going to Luangwa why should I have to appoint an Acting President when am working vacation? Its clear you are either not working or out of the country…if you were working what was the outcome?

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    • Maloza – Who said wherever the Challenger is so is the President? What if it went for routine maintenance? Do they announce the maintenance schedule of the Challenger?

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    • So you wanted HH to act as president. Maybe in Dundumwezi. I personally don’t see any issue here. If I where Lungu, Lusambo will be my go-to acting President. If you want someone else to act as president then contest the presidential elections, win and then you can have a say so on who acts as president!

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    • But it is very clear he was within the country. It ls also clear that the Zambian Witch Doctor story is fake. This is what we want the UPND to understand.
      There is no benefit in us lying about the trip Hagay Jay. It’s not rocket science.

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    • The Real Olivia Pope has put it very clearly. Win an election and get to decide where the challenger goes

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    • It so surprising, disheartening and heartbreaking to know that there are some Zambians who can be deceived, hoodwinked and cheated by boys like Chanda 54 years after independence, anyway some of them are just dogs who came on the Zambian soil not knowing whether they are a tail or the head of a lizard. Some of us speak from clear knowledge of the state secret act which probably puppy Chanda and the majority PF stupid iddiioottss have never accessed. Truth is either Lungu breached that act or Chama must be arrested for treason not the nonsense you make out out of traffic offences as treason.

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    • Zambia is better of without a President. He is a burden on national resources. A tick who lives on the blood of poor Zambians.

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    • “Special Assistant to President Lungu Amos Chanda observed that State House was infuriated with the high levels of misinformation, rumor mongering and ignorance.”

      State House is an institution and it can’t be infuriated. Be professional AC. Next time the president wants to go on leave, let him tell the nation and inform us about the one he is designating to hold the instruments of power. These rumours are created and fueled by you the reactionary press aide.

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  2. If, God forbid, something happened to the President while on leave or on a trip abroad, it is scary to imagine that Davies Mwila would automatically be the Acting President.

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    • Amos Chanda is educated. President Lungu is a qualified lawyer. GBM, UPND vice is a qualified wife batterer and has no grade 12 Certificate. Akainde is a qualified Free Masson and privatization thief.
      Those are the lowest standards my friend.

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    • More a qualified Debarred thieving lawyer whole stole and was caught red handed, you can only be caught if you are dull, I rest my case

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    • @Kudos
      You left out something on HH. He is more educated than Amos Chanda and if HH is a privatization thief, what type of thief is Lungu who has amassed so much wealth within a blink of any eye? It is undeniable fact that Lungus earnings can not match with what he has amassed within the period he has been president. You can rant now but time of reckoning will surely come. Dance when you still can because time will come when you will fear even your own shadow.

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  3. Yes let him gracefully hand over. What else does he want. Is he afraid of woodlands police?

    Dont worry woodlands police is a political cycle.

    Let him and intire crew give us breathing space.

    PF is not upendi were only person rules

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    • Zambians deserve better. Zambians shall never ever vote for any sitting politician to any position. Let there be a peoples movement to elect students from universities, chiefs, labour union representatives, journalists, doctors as MPs and above all a commoner from the masses as next President.

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  4. Ok so now it’s clear. Both the president and vice were out of the country so Davies Chama was acting president. Thanks for that clarification Amos.

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  5. You call a failed lawyer and Amos Chanda as educated, than what advantage is to be educated if you can’t come up with atleast one sensible plain, that’s waste of time “DEAD”.

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  6. Bo Gogo is being sidelined, we have always said she is just a pawn in this game of thieving morons hell bent on stealing from the coffers of the state, they can’t even leave her in charge coz they know she is useless, the earlier she wakes up the better, I hear even Kaizer was busy insulting this gogo

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  7. Jusr asking, so where did my mother Inonge go? I thought that she just came back from an assignment abroad? Also shouldn’t State House the President’s vacation such that Mama Inonge is available to act? Of course there are circumstances where both HE and Vice HE cannot be available. So what exactly is the issue ba Jay Gay?

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  8. And what does Trib.al Hacks say to all this hullaballoo? I just see comments from his trib.al(ism) mate Jay Gay, has Trib.al Hacks approved?

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  9. Amos was caught pants down. The president appointed acting because he knew he would be out of the country. By admitting that theres rummour mongering in state house, it justifies Kambwili sentiments that he had intelligence infor about the president sneaking out of the country.

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    • Even LT thumbs up has been hacked by the evening clowns..nevertheless it will balance up in the morning!!

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  10. The issue in this story is about Lungu’s ‘vacation’ and who acted as President. Why then, do some bloggers incessantly bring in UPND and HH? Talk about them when it is relevant, yes, but it appears they have to be mentioned in response to ANY article. Do they give you nightmares? Or are some of you secretly besotted with HH, for example?

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  11. Here we go again!! If there was nothing irregular you would not be having to explain anything. You should learn to just stay quite some time… whether right or wrong.

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  12. Is the President where you thought he was? Remember that your trib.al upnd started the rumours? Is there anything untrib.al that upnd cadres can say on LT? It’s in their genes you know., in the trib.al genes of Jay Gay and the rest of the trib.al clan, so don’t let them fool you.

    Now let me attend to that trib.al “professor”, is it trib.al hansungule or trib.al ndulo, let me check which one of the “professor” fools.

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  13. Is the President where you thought he was? Remember that your trib.al upnd started the rumours? Is there anything untrib.al that upnd cadres can say on LT? It’s in their genes you know., in the trib.al genes of Jay Gay and the rest of the trib.al clan, so don’t let them fo.ol you.

    Now let me attend to that trib.al “professor”, is it trib.al hans.ungule or trib.al nd.ulo, let me check which one of the “professor” foo.ls.

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  14. THE President is a christian, he probably went to Luangwa to go and meditate on the upcoming dialogue to ensure that the national good is protected. In contrast, on the same dialogue, go to chieftainness Mukuni’s shrine and you will find trib.al Hacks kneeling there. Yes, that is the chief who spends some nights at the graveyard. Ask trib.al Jay Gay if you don’t trust me..

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  15. Common chanda, if this was the case and state house is so upset, show them video or pictures of lungu in luwangwa, you mean the whole president was incognito ?? Totally undercover ??

    Just show a video clip of lungu in luwangwa , simples.

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  16. PF CADRES ARE VERY VERY SICK.
    They don’t use their brains to think and you can guess what they use to think. Just read their comments on this blog and you will conclude what I am talking about. I feel for the country. We the sober people let’s not attack personalities but discuss issues that affect our citizens. Let the PF cadres continue with insults. We will not go low to their studipity.

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  17. During MMD era one time Defence Minister Benjamin Yoram Mwila (BY) acted as President when President Chiluba was not in the country

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  18. UPND/Tongas is the only tribe which is very difficult to understand issues of national governance.As long as statement is issued by HH / UPND zealots, the entire Party will support it. Today if HH can tell them that JESUS CHRIST IS NOT A SON OF GOD THE WHOLE TONGA CLAN WILL SUPPORT IT. SHAME.

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  19. Amos, your damage control is still not enough. The best could have been the president himself holding a press conference, or if he is afraid of press conferences as is the case, he could have been the one interviewed by Flanklin with predefined interview questions. As a country, we have been there before, Sata used to call the post, and not appearing on DeadNBC, telling them he was alive and kicking. What happened thereafter? We all know.

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  20. Edgar is president and will continue being president after winning 2021 election until 2026 when anothet leader in PF takes over the leadership of the country.

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  21. People needs to know that acting is being delegates responsibility.
    This can happen even when the office bearer is in office focusing of other specific tasks.
    You can task one of your juniors to do some of your responsibility.

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  22. The biggest enermy of upnd is Believing in rumors and open lies. They want to enter state house through lies. It will not work for them because lies have a short life span

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  23. Sad to read some of the comments here. Zambia is sadly and slowly being torn apart based on tribal lines. The once very peaceful country has now fallen victim to the same thing that has has happened in Kenya and has also happened in south Africa.
    It really doesn’t matter who leads our country, what tribe they are or what color. Our country after 54 years of independence deserves to progress.
    The detractors of progress in our country that are hell bent on power and money being held in the hands of a few, are fuelling the sort of apathy that I see on this forum. We are all brothers and sisters and yet the rants here are all tribal and no one seems to see the underlying danger in the direction our country is taking. Tribes in Zambia intermarry. Many of you here are the product or have…

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  24. (continued) children with people from other tribes. Do you hate your husband or wife, mother or father because they are a tonga, a lozi, bemba, Kaonde, Nsenga, mbunda, nkoya, Mambwe, or a tumbuka?
    we are all one nation. our forefathers died for the democracy that is currently at threat. You have the right today to express yourself on this forum because of them. The government is accountable to the people because they are elected by the people. For me what tribe or race you are doesn’t matter as long as you rule with integrity and put the people first and are accountable. All of you on this forum have received an education either free or toiled for by your parents. use it for good and not the cheap insults and tribal slander that is sad to read. bena @sharon, shuwa!

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  25. What does God want us to know before we live together as a nation. Coz all i see are insults on each other towards a topic which can even be a debate for oral discussion in primary school.we had two sitting presidents who died and only a paper if not paragraph which was agreed by a few zambians lead us to who rules,now why should we fight wen we still have a live president. Lets grow up bane.zambia chalo chesu.

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  26. The Constitution provides grounds for anyone to act in the absence of the President. However, Clause 109 is one of the lacunas in the Constitution, especially on the part of “absence from office”. It is not clear whether being in Mfuwe on three days ‘working holiday’ can result in an appointment of an acting President.

    A curious observation is that when the President leaves State House and goes anywhere within the country, the national flag and Presidential flag are never taken down. However, the moment he leaves the country, both flags are taken down. Therefore, when the President was in Mfuwe on a working holiday and someone was appointed to act, were those two flags taken down?

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