President Edgar Lungu eating a freshly grilled Snake
President Edgar Lungu eating a freshly grilled Snake

Images showing President Edgar Lungu eating a freshly grilled Snake have attracted mixed reactions.

On Saturday, President Lungu while officiating as guest of honour during the Pass Out of the ZAF Special Forces Unit in Mbala was served a plate of Puff Adder snake which he consumed, much to be bemusement of onlookers.

Some people have condemned the actions as being Satanic while the UPND says President Lungu risked being misunderstood as encouraging snake eating due to the current food shortages.

UPND Chairperson for Agriculture Levy Ngoma said the party wishes to warn people in hunger-stricken places never to emulate eating of snakes as an alternative.

“Our starving brothers and sisters across the country especially those in the northern circuit of the country should not copy the recent dramatic antics by Mr Edgar Lungu and start eating snakes. We also wish to make it known that had it been Mr Hichilema who ate the Puff Adder, or Ifwafwa as it is known in Bemba, he would have been called names such as ‘witch’ or ‘satanist.’”

“We are glad that Mr Hichilema is a farmer who would not prescribe eating of snakes as an option. What we need is the swift delivery of correct farm implements across the board. But it is so sad that Mr Lungu chose to be deceptive by indirectly encourage our poor, starving brothers and sisters across the country to start eating snakes, barely a month after his Vice President implored these same poor souls to consider shifting from eating nshima to other foods such as pumpkins, cassava and millet.” Mr Ngoma said.

“As if to add salt to an open wound, Mr Lungu chose to take advantage of the prevailing hunger situation in the country by showcasing snakes as an alternative source of food. The UPND fears that, left unabated, the PF, through its leader will fail to address hunger and prescribe eating snakes as an option.”

He added, “We say so because, being the Head of State, a huge number of unsuspecting Zambians might take eating snakes to survive during these hard times where food has become so scarce and survival is almost impossible for majority Zambians. We are aware that a number of people across the country have not only expressed disgust at the unwarranted gesture, but are worried that Mr Lungu is indirectly telling them to resort to eating snakes as a food supplement for the hungry mouths amidst the wide-spread hunger instead of declaring hunger as an emergency.”

“We also wish to question the motive for the move seeing that snakes have never been a part of Zambia’s food menu in any culture and tradition. Furthermore, we wish to question the rational behind him standing next to a bearded army officer when the men in uniform are known for observing the highest code of cleanliness or, is that named army personnel just one of the PF cadres clad in military attire or a PF Sangoma?”

“Therefore, if the PF wants to be eating snakes, we implore them to continue doing so without undue influence on unsuspecting ordinary Zambians to take this route. Zambians want better agriculture.”

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    • KK couldn’t eat, even his army knew he is vegetarian.
      HH can’t be offered snake, they know he is SDA, who don’t eat things like that.
      Special Forces are legally allowed to smoke marijuana, so am sure Ba Edgar, the snake eater, was offered ulubangula too.

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    • It is satanism period. And note Diggers reports that some people died at the same event. There is a dark evil cloud hovering over Zambia. We need serious prayers.

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    • Depends how they grilled it, Coz Puff-Adder is as poisonous as a Black Mamba. Military Initiation. They would have taken Red ants for other soft spots as well. Just to see how strong he is. What’s a Big Deal about the snake. People eat.

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    • First UPND couldn’t possibly have issued such a lame statement over such a lame issue. Whether what the president was given was in fact snake also stands to be verified. There is nothing spiritual about food, if it fits your diet eat the damn thing. Our SDA brothers and sisters have opinions about pork, does that make the rest of us that eat pork spiritualists? The Asians eat all sorts of ‘taboo’ food but see how developed and advanced they are. Let the man eat his snake if it fits his diet. Me I enjoy my inswa and fulufute, though some call those insects, see the one who has a problem is the one who can’t eat the food which everyone eats, it could be an allergy.

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    • It’s the same religious nuts that he supports that are condemning him. ECL has done nothing to condemn him for. This is called survival skills. Also includes how to make dirty water drinkable, how to cross various physical obstacles.

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    • This is very good, this officer needs promotion, ukulisha kateke nsoka sure!! Anyway, Presido has been a very weak soldier in that combat! Hope after this “induction” into the Zambia Army it will make him a real Commander in Chief of the Armed (and Civil) Forces!!

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    • All Zambian presidents have eaten snake offered by the commandos. Even KK ate as it’s a sign of oneness with the commandos. If a president refuses to eat, the he or she should not count on the commandos to save his or her backside.

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  1. But H. E. is the Commander in Chief of our Security Forces. It is good solidarity he was able to do this with our Special Forces.

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    • Ati Christian Nation, which Bible allows to eat snake and dogs?
      We eat things by belief, even if you command in whatever, as long as you are a Christian, don’t eat pusssy!!!

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    • I am wondering where those who are paid to deny everything including whether the man is a woman are. I expect them to deny that the president did not actually eat the snake but was just demonstrating how other presidents eat snakes because of the climate change. Or that they are not aware if it is the head of state or the state of the head of the head of state which people are questioning so that they can effectively deny everything .

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    • Cinde cilya icibondomene, cibondo canama.
      Ala, Cinde cilya icibondomene, cibondo canama.
      Cinde cilya icibondomene, cibondo canama.
      Cinde cilya icibondomene, cibondo canama.
      Uyonene uyonenene, niweumwine wayonena.
      Uyonene uyonenene, niweumwine wayonena.
      Uyonene uyonenene, niweumwine wayonena.
      Uyonene uyonenene,

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  2. But religion has really poisoned peoples minds. Why politicise everything. Why prevent starving people from a good source of protein that may prevent starvation.

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  3. I don’t like ECL but I personally think there is nothing wrong with eating a snake. The Brits eat fish called eel and it looks just like a snake, I don’t go near them lol.

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  4. We don’t need opposition politics in Africa. What we need is one party participatory democracy with clear succession plan and very strong institutions of Governance. In this case everyone will be contributing towards country’s progress unlike now when nothing good is done by the government. everything is oppose, oppose, oppose. If China had chosen the western democracy, today it would be one large failed state and depending on the IMF. Wake up Africans and do the right thing.

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    • I feel you my man!! What is good for the west is not necessarily good for us. We need to soul search and know ourselves and what can work for us, not copy and paste, not speaking good English ati uli wamano.

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  5. Did he died or anything wrong happened after eating what is wrong by eating a sneke if people can eat dog whats soo big deal by eating sneke just becoz he is leader? please guys lets talk about something else

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  6. People are just politicking H.E is just showing solidarity to the commandos, infact the President is a trained army officer himself, whether he passed out or not thats another story. He is not telling people to be eating snakes. However, if people emulate the president to overcome their fear to eat snakes its not a problem. All things on earth God gave to us, whats wrong with eating snakes…And the special forces at least from my knowledge and the speech given by the commando commandant and the Army commandant this was not only for ZAF but all defence forces

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  7. Relax, it’s symbolic to show that our brave boys in uniform will survive on the wild of need be. The commander in chief has to show that he is with them even in the most distasteful of things. Not like leaders that live in mansions and eat T bone steaks. Remember EL is a trained soldier.

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  8. Lungu eating snakes will also encourage Chinese,Nigerians and Ghanaians to bring their snails,wildlife and dog eating habits to Zambia.Then later all our wildlife will be gone just like in Nigeria.

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  9. “Some people have condemned the actions as being Satanic while the UPND says President Lungu risked being misunderstood as encouraging snake eating due to the current food shortages.”

    Acts 10:15 – The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

    UPND are the most useless opposition we have ever had period. Anything that is non toxic, or can be made rid of such and is of protein value can be eaten.

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    • Ba United Party for National Distruction kuwayawaya fye. I think we are far from having a credible opposition in Zambia.

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  10. I think the young man, brilliant as he appeared to be, is being brainwashed in politics. How does the visit of the Commander-in-Chief to his troop’s training base relate to announcing to the nation that people should resort to eating snakes as an alternative food source. Surely, the brilliant young man, chairman of Agriculture in an opposition political party, lose focus and dwell on trivial matters? We have no CREDIBLE OPPOSITION! Very disappointing!

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  11. PF cadres can defend each other. The way they are coming out even quoting scriptures and yet they just came from condemning someone over gays.

    If Lungu can’t be judged over eating snakes who are we to judge gays. How different are they kumaule yamu PF? How different are gays to the corrupt PF who build 48 houses are disappear? How different are they to president who buys a luxury jet when the country has no resources

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    • Ba United Party for National Distruction, I think you are dull. Soldiers are trained in survival skills. Give them respect. Sharon tell them that Hazalusa Hagain in 2021. All opposition parties will share the votes and the devil’s favourite demon, the cry baby will go to concourt again.

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  12. Show me free living creatures in Zambia available as a source of food and less dangerous to catch. Snakes? no, Lizards? yes, frogs? yes, cockroaches–oh oh yes Plenty of roaches in our houses. Roast some cockroaches and let the commander in chief taste some!

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    • But who told you that snakes are a daily meal for soldiers? It looks like you dont still understand what was going on for the president to taste the snake or do you.
      if not, reply do that i explain to you from the beginning.

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  13. HAD IT BEEN HH WHO HAD TASTED THE PUFF ADDER, YOU WOULD HEARD PRESS STATEMENT AFTER PRESS STATEMENT STARTING WITH SUNDAY CHANDA, DAVIES CHAMA, ANTONIO MWANZA, THE SPEAKER OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, DORA SILIT, KAMPYONGO INCLUDING ALL CADRES ISSUEING STATEMENTS CONDEMNING HIM.

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    • Exactly. We dont expect HH to go in front of a cround, let alone soldiers, eating a snake. Even yourself, would you not think there is something wrong with him?
      He is not commander in chief and cannot officiate at a commando pass out.
      If you dont understand, reply so that i explain it to u clearly

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  14. The Lord Jesus Christ said: What defiles a man is what comes out PF the body not what goes in!

    Snakes are food. Only those who are less informed and do not travel widely can be alarmed by anyone eating snake meat. Those of us who have travelled to different countries I think we have eaten anything and everything, who knows, maybe even human flesh. Because you just walk into a restaurant and you are saved a plate of food that includes meat, whose actual source you cannot verify!

    Besides, had the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, President Dr E.C. Lungu refused to partake in tasting the snake meat, he was going to look rude, uncooperative and unfit to be the country’s no. 1 soldier! WHAT HE DID WAS PERFECT. Those condemning him lack the power of thought and are responsible…

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  15. Truthfully speaking wen u r a Christian emulate Christ values.Therefore practice wat is allowed by the Bible.A eel is fish.Christianity religion is minority and rarely practiced in Asia.Majority of the Chinese practice other religions ,they r not Christians.If they r then r few.Lets we not get confused ,besides take time, read the Bible carefully understand it and practice it religiously.I can see even satanists r taking advantage to answer coz it’s their opportunity to comment.Allmost infact everything to do with Christian religion is found in the Bible.Its the key manual to being a true Christian.Jehovah is watching u!!!

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    • Iwe you think you are clever by repeating this imbecile joke. Which African ever sees his mother as a sex object? Only a crazy one like you

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  16. This military activity has been rolled at the very wrong time when people are trying to address issues of hunger in the country..this regardless of the motive behind sends a terrible message to ordinary people as if it is ok to find alternative fleshly foods such as snake meat…wrong timing bakateka!!! We need to also protect such species of snakes in our country..I wonder why Zambia has lost a umber of wild dogs especially in the North Western and Western Provinces, could it be due to influx of Chinese????

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  17. Rubbish comments from Upnd.I agree Africa does not need this sort of democracy where as long as you are in the opposition even if something is white people insist its black.If one does not understand matters of the military its best to keep quite.nothing unusual about what H.E did

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  18. I ate those small snails somewhere I had gone for a meeting in the Netherlands. They are really taste.

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  19. Bwafya….that’s what it means when you talk as in just talking,…. education is important gentele men..

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  20. Fear God and keep his commandments……………….. Don’t worship Lungu…… Very soon Lungu will be no more and someone shall rule……We are dust and dust will shall return….. Lungu is not eternal………….

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  21. Puff adder eating parade, why is that soldier with over grown beards and in dark glasses before the republican president? Disrespect!

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    • You do not understand what Special Forces are – that is disguise — could even be fake beard. Do you know that that soldier may have a family and children, and none of them know that he can eat a raw snake?

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  22. Mzambia wa Zamani dont be silly have you been to my country, my brother when discussing things don’t mention peoples countries stay in your discussion, lucky i’m married to a Zambian. refrain if you cant debate constructively

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  23. Survival Skills in Austere environment Plus Combat/ Tactical skills & Techniques .

    NOT PIZZA ! OK.

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  24. There is a humongous difference between the COMMANDER OF ARMED FORCES, eating a snake at a commando pass out ceremony and a president eating a snake at soweto market in front of traders.
    If you cant see the diffence, you need to prey to god for wisdom.
    On top of physical training, a commando is equipped with survival skills and insticts. As their boss, its an added boost of marale to the subordinates to see bwana lead by example. Believe you me, its not easy.
    Just give the big man a part on the back. he has shown leadership.

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    • The so-called opposition are too shallow to understand this. Just imagine the statement from Levi Ngoma – so childish. Well done CinC

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  25. People tend to deliberately misconstrue christianity and they dont realise that when they tend to try to explain it to us, they expose how not so understanding of it they are. I have read a lot of disturbing postst just on this topic of how Zambia is a christian nation and how unclean the snake is bla bla bla bla.
    Lets behave. we must always first prey for wisdom b4 studying the bible so that we dont missinterpret it.

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  26. How is this an issue?
    Bushe insonka alile Lungu mufyashi wenu? Let me say in Chewa. Kodi njoka yomwe anadya aLungu ndi kholo lanu?

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  27. You condemning the president are just being misers. Here in the USA, I have eaten everything from snakes, frogs, alligator to squirrel, raccoon etc. Leave the president alone. Ba UPND apa pena mwabwelapofye.

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  28. Last time it was a chicken sacrificed by Frank Bwalya In Luanshya. Now it’s a snake by Edger Lung. These satanists will do anything to stay in power!!

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  29. Have ever eaten a snake come and see very nice baba and if you have never tasted a snake you are behind baba.second, the solder in picture is not a commandor, with such beards around and the way the president is standing graphic at its work. BBC MWANA. Born Before Computers.

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  30. Hahahhaha African politics,so you mean there is a topic o discussion in this?and the opposition guys are even busy commenting on a petty issue like this lol!!!!

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    • @ Synod;
      A LEADER TODAY SOMEONE EATS A SNAKE AND TOMORROW HE GATHERS PEOPLE IN THE STADIUM AND FORCES THEM TO PRAY. I BELIEVE IN GOD AND I PRAY EVERY DAY TO MY GOD WHO HAS NEVER TOLD ME TO TAKE SNAKE FLESH AND EAT. GOD CURSED THE SERPENT THAT IT SHALL BE AN ENEMY TO MAN. WHY WOULD ONE EAT A CURSED CREATURE WHEN YOU CALL YOURSELVES CHRISTIANS WHO ARE LEAD BY CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES? THIS IS SOMETHING TO DO WITH VOODOO AS IN OUR LANGUAGE CALL IT ICHISHIMBA, IN LUNDA IT IS CALLED IMPELU AND IN LUVALE CALLED MPEELO WHICH YOU HAVE TO USE WITH OTHER MEDICINE FOR YOUR PLAN TO WORK LIKE CHANGE OF CONSTITUTION CLOSES SO AS TO SILENCE PEOPLE.

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  31. A LEADER TODAY SOMEONE EATS A SNAKE AND TOMORROW HE GATHERS PEOPLE IN THE STADIAM AND FORCES THEM TO PRAY. I BELIEVE IN GOD AND I PRAY EVERY DAY TO MY GOD WHO HAS NEVER TOLD ME TO TAKE SNAKE FLESH AND EAT. GOD CURSED THE SERPENT THAT IT SHALL BE AN ENEMY TO MAN. WHY WOULD ONE EAT A CURSED CREATURE WHEN YOU CALL YOURSELVES CHRISTIANS WHO ARE LEAD BY CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES? THIS IS SOMETHING TO DO WITH VOODOO AS IN OUR LANGUAGE CALL IT ‘ ICHISHIMBA, IN LUNDA IT IS CALLED IMPELU AND IN LUVALE CALLED MPEELO’ , WHICH YOU HAVE TO USE WITH OTHER MEDICINE FOR YOUR PLAN TO WORK LIKE CHANGE OF CONSTITUTION CLOSES SO AS TO SILENCE PEOPLE.

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  32. THIS ACT CONFIRMS WHO OUR PRESIDENT IS PERIOD. NO ZAMBIAN TRIBE HAS EVER BEEN HEARD NOT EVEN A SOLDIER HAS THAT IN PUBLIC AS A SNAKE EATER.

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  33. Nonsense topics awe …that was a purely demonstration that amidst of nowhere, no food deep in the jungles out Military Forces resort to eating such…. ECL being the Commander of the Armed Forces was offered to taste by the Commandos DEMO puliziiiiiiii. pali ifya kusabayilapo apa. HIKAYI VOTELA HICHINE…..

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  34. Kaunda is a vegetarian and this might explain why he has lived this long let alone eating snakes.

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  35. Shame,sgame,and it is shameful and cheapest politics to politicize the eating of small pieces if a roster snake by H.E. the Republican president at ZAF special forces pass out in mbale. Cheap politics will never help Zambians,talk about real issues not to mislead people about a straight forward issue. How did he influence people to be eating snakes when he never asked or tell any one to eat snakes or keep snakes for food. Mwapelelwa muma politics yenu,ifyakulanda fyamupwa. How can you claim he influenced the poor and those who are in hunger to eat snakes when he never said so ,is to not satanic to create a falsehood . Did you not realize the importance of the service he was called upon to give to his men in uniform..if you are real in your selves what comforting and encouraging action…

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  36. Having spent years wining and dining with Chinese,I consider myself a snake eater because I used to eat Chinese cuisine whitout question when invited and I must say Chinese are good cookers.Paul made it clear that whatever God made is clean.

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