Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu
President Lungu

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has invited Journalists from Private and Public Media for a get-together-event tomorrow at State House.

The Journalists will be drawn from various media houses including print, broadcasting and online media.

The President will address the Journalists on a number of issues affecting the country and will welcome questions during the function. He will also have one-on-one discussions with the Journalists before inviting them for a photo session.

The function will start at 12:00hrs.

According to the statement released to the media by State House, President Lungu believes that there cannot be democracy and development in a country without a free media.

The statement further added that, since his tenure, President Lungu’s administration has made enormous strides in developing the media in Zambia including digitising broadcast media and growing the number of private radio and television houses in the country.

This is according to a statement made available to Smart Eagles by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Mr. Isaac Chipampe.

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83 COMMENTS

  1. Nichikwati bwanji choteti palikantu apa. Nikati nisambeko ati lelo mwaonanji. This report reminds me of this Nsenga traditionsl song.

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    • It is bad idea. There will be just warning and cautions. It is not necessary to have press conference to defend:
      – 48 houses by civil servants.
      – Stardy Mwale and other government contractors employed as civil servants.
      – stealing of Letchews.
      – Eskom- Zesco scam
      – PF convention.
      Etc
      What citizens want to hear is that:
      ” I Chagwa Fimofimo has resigned, Bo Ma Inonge is the Acting President until elections in April 2021″.

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    • Isaac Chipampe must hv prevailed on him after months of persuasion. It’s the only possible explanation here. Let’s wait and see wht comes out of it. Pay attention to not just wht he says but wht he will not say as well including his body language.

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    • First thing first congratulations Mr Isaac Chipampe, you have brought normalcy to the critical office, job well done, we hope future people to occupy that office will learn what to do from you and not want to do from the person who left that position a few months ago. We shall wait to hear what the president has for the nation tomorrow. Otherwise, the power outages are paralysing and the proposed increase in this same commodity is no great idea at all.

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    • While you are in that mood sir, could you please confirm the news in the RSA parliament today that Zambia’s Zesco owe Eskom R89million.
      ****

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    • By avoiding press conferences, the president has been talking to himself and his staff only. No real feed back. We have only been see press statements from his Ministers and press aid. You can’t run government with only intimidated state media allowed at state house. Press conferences allows the president to maintain contact with the electorate through the media as the ask questions on behalf of the people. This is welcome. President lost more than gained by avoiding press conferences.

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    • The headline is contradictory to the article and the actual State House Press statement; no where does it say anything about press conference instead they are talking about private one-on-one discussions with the Journalists before inviting them for a photo session. The man is too cowardice to announce that let him invite Christian Radio, VOA, BBC Africa to attend.

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    • Is it really true or I am asleep and dreaming? What winds are blowing across the nation? Well somewhat too late for full appreciation but lots of strange happenings with the Lungu government let’s see what happens! But why a one on one with the media personalities? It’s intimidating in a way and it will manifest in the timidity of the questions that will be advanced for answers by the president! This is partly for image building and trying to show a clean face of being with the people while at the same time buy loyalty and favours!

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    • Let do it Mr. President! HAZALUZA HAGAIN because he is still a BOY. He never experienced real presidents in office like KK so he was born in the 1980s!

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    • “If FC Red Bull Salzburg had recruited HH instead of Patson Daka who has just scored a hattrick in their demolition of Mattersburg (3-0), Red Bull could have won the league and five cups” UPND TRIBAL INCOMPOS & UNDER FIVES.

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    • Kalimwasu mung’anda mwanakazi wanji uyu. Nicikwati bwanji coteti copelelo yombana. Nikati nipike ndiyo, ndiyo ziliye kupya, nikati nisambeko, ati lelo mwaonanji, nichikwati bwanji coteti copelelo yombana.

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    • One hour to redeem yourself sir. Never thought would see this again. unlike with super ken who was forcibly removed you have imploded on yourself. there is still time

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    • Just start packing your Katundu from state house…no vision for Zambia and you’ve lived to your word…I don’t think sane Zambians still want to be led by a leader with no vision in 2021…enough is enough…as a matter of fact you’ve even overstayed in the State House

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  2. Very shocking turn of events from a person who has been shunning press conferences for years!
    However, its a welcome move that need to be encouraged.

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  3. Let the President tell us what he is
    Doing about loadshedding. What
    Urgent steps he is taking.The economy is on its knees because of this.

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  4. Let him tell us if he really is in charge of this freee falling chambia, and if he is How?, because from a birds eye view and in my view, kaya.

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  5. What is the moron dying… what happened, must be a mistake press conference for the first time in many years… so scatter teeth does have a voice and can speak, I used to think the worst president on earth was dumb

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    • Wait for the trash that scatter teeth will vomit tomorrow. It will be morality hypocrisy again as he usually does in parliament. Disaster.

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  6. Mr. President , i hope and pray that you are going to address the pressing challenges that this country is currently facing. we need answers! if it means firing some individuals who cant think and make critical decisions for the betterment of this great nation, please do so. Dont be afraid of them! us, your employers are 100% behind you. Hope you wont u -turn and cancel this important and long awaited press briefing.

    I thank you.

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  7. Hehehehe , lungu , lungu.

    Trying a different approach since silence backed by a booming economy is a pipe dream……..

    Let’s hope he gets asked about 42/42, 48/lungu clan , enswatini land gifts and his wife spending millions to go and pick old fire trucks that had to be air lifted

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  8. Hehehehe , lungu , lungu.

    Trying a different approach since silence backed by a boomin.g economy is a pip.e drea.m……..

    Let’s hope he gets asked about 42/42, 48/lungu clan , enswatini land gifts and his wife spending millions to go and pick old fire trucks that had to be air lifted

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  9. Agenda of the press conference from this visionless clown:
    i. Talk about the recent cabinet meeting where they laid out very long term plans for electricity generation which they will never achieve.
    ii. Climate Change
    iii. Known and bitter opposition leaders misleading people.

    End of presser.

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  10. It would make more sense not to invite ZNBC, Daily Mail, Times of Zambia and Daily Nation, who probably have an already set number of questions to ask. ECL already knows the questions so why bother? Let him talk to the likes of Reuters, Bloomberg and Prime TV so that he can truly feel questioned.

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  11. A miracle is born: something big must have happened!
    We have had two dumb presidents out of six. KK, FTJ, LPM and RBB (a.k.a. Alabee) used to have yearly Press conferences on the State of the Nation.
    Enter MCS and ECL dumbness(muteness) descended on the State House.
    Hope ECL has the questions advanced to him for researched answers. The last time he tried to hold one it was a disaster!

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  12. The only magical words I would want to hear from him are ‘I am with immediate effect stepping down….’ you would see how the Kwacha would immediately appreciate

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  13. Iyi yeve deserves a front row seat koma. But if all we will hear ni ma bwedebwede baba nikubwelela ku za ma airport! Let us see what happens. Please beam it live so we see and hear. Not that monotonous parliament appearance you make because you have to – awe mwe!

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  14. “….President Lungu believes that there cannot be democracy and development in a country without a free media.”- WHICH FREE MEDIA?? People who report real issues are barred from Government functions, PF cadres have the audacity to threaten and assault private media journalists… what free press is that?? And he FORGETS that there is NO DEMOCRACY WITHOUT FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY; every time the opposition wish to hold meetings they are intimidated and beaten! What democracy is that? Any this NOT a Press Conference BUT A COME- TOGETHER with the media!! WE USE TO SEE REAL PRESS CONFERENCES UNDER KK,FTJ and LP, RB a bit but after that …awe mukwai!! A LAWYER WHO FEARS TO SPEAK TO THE PUBLIC FEARING TO ENTANGLE HIMSELF IN HIS OWN DEALINGS! LET US HOPE HE IS THERE TO ANNOUNCE THAT HE WILL NOT…

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  15. LET US HOPE HE IS THERE TO ANNOUNCE THAT HE WILL NOT STAND IN THE NEXT ELECTIONS AND REQUEST RESPONSIBLE ORGANS TO ALLOW FOR EARLY ELECTIONS – 2021 IS TOO FAR WITH THIS MAN!!

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    • PF is still winning the elections. We are not paying for unnecessary elections my friend. What Zambia needs is an intelligent opposition that can make up 50% of government, UPND is useless.

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  16. Good to hear the president being brave enough to speak to zambians , that is the way to go and he can use any local language if he wants it is about zambians , anyone who couldn’t understand Zambian language can easily ask for an interpreter .
    Zambians will have more confidence in you mr president that you are are in charge and not any other but you with those instruments of power in your hands .

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    • Its a get together with the press and we will only get updates on news and it may not even be live. The bloody coward cannot just hold a straight press conference. Useless.

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  17. Hehehehe , lungu , lungu.

    Trying a different approach since silence backed by a booming economy is a pipe dream……..

    Let’s hope he gets asked about 42/42, 48/lungu clan , en.swatini land gifts and his wife spending millions to go and pick old fire trucks that had to be air lifted

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  18. I can only urge the journalists to be professional and ask questions that people are seeking answers and not to ask questions to please ECL and PF. Be firm in your questions don’t fear him, he is employed by the people. let him talk for once.

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  19. Hehehehe…………but why call it ‘a get-together’. Just say press conference. We have been yearning for this in a long long time.It is very long overdue. We love to hear from your our President. When you talk to the journalists you talk to the whole nation

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  20. All of you critics, go and ask His Excellency about your concerns. Go and listen to the truth about how the Government is planning take actions over various issues rather than use this platform to insult or bad-mouth the Government about everything including what you know is good for us as a Nation. This is a very good move by His Excellency

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  21. I hope this is not another social media bluff. But one thing is obvious, people (citizens) are excited to hear that the president will have a press conference (get together with the media). I do hope that this “get together” will not be dominated by pf cadres as was the case at the last press conference in 2015 or 2016. He must also tell us how a country like Zambia can fail to import power using reserves but rather ask customers to pay for it through upward tariff adjustments. Next time citizens will be asked to put up cash to import fuel as the country’s reserves have been depleted.

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  22. Reading from most of these comments, I cry for mother Zambia. The levels of poisoned thinking is what will never take this country anywhere. We’ve become too pessimistic in our thinking.

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    • Its not poisoned thinking. May be the problem is you who can’t see the repercussions of having a mumu as leader. The country is ever sinking deeper and deeper in the mad and you can’t see anything. What type of person are you?

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  23. Congrats to Mr Isaac Chipampe for achieving the seemingly impossible..We need more pipo lyk U to move our country 4ward. Let me charge my phone in advance & buy enaf bundles just in case Zesco decide to sit our Joy…

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  24. The government is working so hard to make sure that development is taken to all parts of the country, and making sure that the electricity tarrifs are reduced and that load-shedding comes to end. Climate Change has affected alot of current government developmental agenda. This topic of electricity tarrifs,load-shedding etc.. has spread like HIV/AIDS which affected most of the developing countries, and our country Zambia was not speared. Still the seating government could not be appreciated, some opposition individuals had also there own views to critisize every efforts the seating government could do in the fight aganist HIV/AIDS. As Alangizi Ba Chitukuko we are refering to the root cause(Climent Change) of electricity tarrifs, load-shedding etc which has been the government concerned…

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  25. Every thing has got its own time, Knowledge talks wisdom listens, and that every torn jackerts is mended.

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  26. Stop critisizing let us join hands and work as a team to develop this country together. Critisizing will not take this country forward, always when you talk too much you benefit less. Because you’re exhosting your energy in critisizing instead of offering a solution of developing your own business etc…… Zambians wake up why china is developing they don’t sleep, talk but work, but us Zambians we sleep and talk…….

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    • Work as a team where ??

      When you see lungu brutallising opponents you are silent , Now vavuta ati work as a team ?

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  27. Maybe stage managed, but at least it’s a good start. I am happy about it because I believe that speaking to your people is the right thing to do. And with time the questions encourage leaders to do the right things, and also reduces vices such as corruption when questions show that citizens are actually enlightened.

    Trible HH you are invited, if you can show that one of your qualifications is journalism, or that appearing on Hot FM regularly makes you a journalist.

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  28. Now wait a minute, are you sure this is not fake news like last week? Has Isaac Chipampe not denied this report yet? I will confirm with ZNBC News tonight.

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  29. All the time its Boma iyanganepo, we through a litter and when we have grass around our yard. its Boma iyanganepo everything, here on this earth you have to work hard and develop a passion which will change your life. Seat down and set up your five year plan in your life. Always ask yourself what have you done in five years time.

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  30. Stop critisizing let us join hands and work as a team to develop this country together. Critisizing will not take this country forward, always when you talk too much you benefit less. Because you’re exhosting your energy in critisizing instead of offering a solution of developing your own business etc. Zambians wake up why china is developing they don’t sleep, talk but work, but us Zambians we sleep and talk..

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    • Noooo ,

      we also want to campain without PF brutality and banditry.

      You see lungu brutallising opponents and banning campains , you are silent , when he is criticised

      ati ” offer solutions ” ???

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  31. Hahaha…its a sham…i wonder why now??? When the whole country is in darkness…i guess he will be more comfortabke knowing no one will be watching or listening in, its only journalist we the Zedians will depend on in print and pa social platform and usually these journalists contradict themselves… Listening and professional writing grey matter no bwino bwino…in the end will just end up with distorted information….

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  32. Finally, it’s happening…Press conference . Journalists don’t forget the FIC n 48 mansion scandals.
    Hazawina Pa last.

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  33. Controlled press conference where questions and topics will be carefully selected to avoid upsetting the apple cart!! I can’t wait for this long awaited speech or waffle and how articulate he is as a president.
    If indeed he does manage to waffle to his equally uneducated followers, the next strategy he needs to implement is to behave like a democratically elected leader and let opposition parties also have the chance to address those that want to listen to their ideas!! Let’s be fair!!
    I may have to stoke up on coffee just to keep myself awake through this so called press conference!!

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  34. Why do some people hate our President Please leave him alone. No matter what you write, GOD already put him there, while others will never be, am sure you know them. Mukalanda mukanaka. 2021 wina azalila. Watch the space. Zambia is bigger than you

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  35. Ni Maloza, ati come together meeting with various media houses to address national issues. Press meeting to end with photo session with journalists.
    Fire Sturdy Mwale for stealing Zambian money, shielding thieves and drug dealers is shaming Zambia.

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  36. The pot is steaming (so many issues threatening to blow) and perhaps his hand has been forced. But I hope it’s a genuine free press conference and not a stage managed sterile event as the story here somewhat seems to suggest

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  37. The Government is in a hurry to develop this country therefore we need to work hand in hand with the government of the day, for we have only one Zambia. Politics should not divide us but unity us.

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  38. 1. Ask him to explain why he bought a Private Jet for millions of dollars for his personal use in the name of Zambia Air Force, when there so many other important issues to spend money on that many Zambians will be benefit
    2. This November, ask him why the prices of mealie meal have not reduced as he promised
    3. Ask him why he is flying everywhere he is invited around world
    4. Ask him why he has to personally inspect projects in all Provinces when their ministers he has appointed to represent him
    5. Ask him why it has taken 5 years for him to hold a press conference
    Thanks

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