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.