Saturday, June 22, 2024

Government Dismisses Claims of Travel Restriction on Former President Lungu

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Thabo Kawana, the Director Spokesperson at the Ministry of Information and Media, has refuted allegations that former President Edgar Lungu was prevented from traveling to South Korea by President Hakainde Hichilema. Mr. Kawana has clarified that such claims are rooted in misinformation and are not grounded in reality.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka, Mr. Kawana emphasized that President Hichilema does not handle the affairs of the office of the former President. He reiterated that the Office of the 6th Republican President operates under constitutional provisions and is managed by the Cabinet Office. Therefore, matters related to the former President’s travel plans need to be addressed through the appropriate channels.

Mr. Kawana disclosed that the Office of the 6th President and the Cabinet Office are currently in discussions to resolve any existing issues. He further explained that, for security reasons, it is essential that the Cabinet Office is informed when the former President intends to travel abroad.

The Director of Spokesperson underlined the significance of notifying the Cabinet Office in advance, even in cases where the trip is sponsored by external parties. He emphasized that Edgar Lungu, as a repository of state secrets, holds information that is crucial for national security, and therefore, the government must be informed of his travel plans.

Mr. Kawana clarified that the government’s role is to ensure the safety and security of all its citizens, including former heads of state. If the state is unable to provide the necessary security measures for a particular trip, it may advise against the travel to protect the individual’s safety.

22 COMMENTS

  1. LOL. Isn’t this the same government that refused him a trip abroad to South Africa when he asked?
    He informs them, they refuse. He goes by himself and they literally yank him from the plane as if he was a creepy spider.
    Does Thabo Kawana expect Uncle Spider to believe that the Zambian mission in South Korea couldn’t be contacted to receive the former head of state at the airport as well as provide him with security whilst there? Also, the President was NOT traveling alone as Kawana would want us to believe, he travels with body guards always and OP is aware the second his passport is registered on any flight.
    Should we believe they are so inept they only realized when plane was about to fly?

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  2. He emphasized that Edgar Lungu, as a repository of state secrets, holds information that is crucial for national security, and therefore, the government must be informed of his travel plan.
    Then just kill him so that the secrets are intered with him.
    Otherwise ugly Kawana is talking rubbish.

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    • Kikikikikikiki iwe Deja Vu. Kill him ka? I have never heard of such an excuse as the one being manufactured by this idling civil servant whom we pay for doing nothing. The reason they keep an eye on an expresident is because he is like a box of dynamite. The state secrets he carries could explode any time and people will see them! What about his oath?
      Forget about it we cant trust any ex-president so we just have to bug him!
      Amateur politicians! Straight from ukubuta pa Under-Five Kindergarten. He has even confused LT who dont know what to call him. Look what they call him: The Director of Spokesperson. Straight from Cartoon Network

  3. HH must tame this chap otherwise he’ll regret. It seems now government revolves around Kawana, Mwiimbu, Siandenge, Hamasaka, Mundia and Nkombo. They’re having a good time

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  4. Kawana things are like you: have that suspected organ which is not familiar with your body, you can’t say, not it’s not me, it’s my foreign organ “donated” to me which is a problem. P.I.General is not compatible to HH.
    Or you better tell us that there are 2 governments now, one which troubling ECL & family and the other been ran by HH?

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  5. Fark the entire upnd government including chi HH. They have failed to catch me because the police know its a witch hunt. Hh come get me kakarla kobe

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  6. They are not fighting ECL but any other person who believed & still thinks ECL was better and is the available option now. ECL is the only weakest point which they are using to steer fear, intimidate & frustrate your efforts!! Zambians open your eyes never lose focus, mind over matter, He has failed he needs to go. 2026 alebwelelapo!

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  7. Some PF MPs were elected due to ECL and the party’s popularity. Today they want to forsake ECL. Ignore ECL at your own peril. ECL is still very popular that’s why he’s being fought left right and center. Whether he stands or he backs a candidate of the party’s choice you need him. Be strategic Ba PF, what’s your problem. Some names you have of those campaigning for party presidency won’t win the party significant numbers. In the end you all lose, and what good is that. People are being paid to destroy the party and some people are so blinded they can’t see that. Unite and conquer, share the spoils afterwards.

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  8. He is a free person so let him travel wherever he wants to travel whether you can provide security or not. Your lapse on security must not mean a restriction on his travel as a free person. He can provide his own security if need be.

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  9. Something is not right, what does the constitution say about ECL traveling whether within or outside the country? If he is required to notify cabinet, what is the minimum notice period ? Is ECL giving notice as required? if he is not giving notice within time or not giving at all when is he supposed to, then he is a problem

    • Last week he asked to travel to RSA for medical check up but was denied, last time he went to attend a church service, the service was cancelled by armed Zambia police. So whether he asks or not some paranoid individual will come up with some excuse. That’s why I am calling on these individuals to either arrest or eliminate him completely.

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  10. ……….

    We all witnessed how GRZ was being blamed for not guarding lungu enough when…….

    PF caders stole his TV from his house…..

    There were all sorts of accusations……

    Now imagine if lungu goes on one his trips without informing GRZ and something happens to him……?

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  11. Edgar is not causing any problems as some may seem to suggest. In Mambwe he was invited, Ndola he was invited, South Korea he was invited. So how is he causing any problems? Let the man enjoy his freedom and rights. He’s a Zambian just like anybody else. If he wishes to stand, so be it, he’s a Zambian. Muyopa chani kansi? Why lose sleep over the man? Ati twalachinja imingalato…. Like Really??

  12. HH would have rushed to the international community if it were him. The man is so vindictive that he still talks about how he was mistreated at any given opportunity. HH will not sit confortably to enjoy his retirement in Zambia. You sow the seed, you reap what you sow.

  13. The illegal director Kawana thinks Zambia are dull. This is what Zambians who now cannot even afford a meal get for voting with emotions and not brains. I additions to not having medicines in Hospitals, another disastrous farming season is just a few months away. While HH is busy fighting Lungu, this are getting worse for a common Zambian. What HH and his minions are forgetting, there stay is office is finite. Zambians will only forgive them if the deliver what they promised.

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  14. Some cadre is wondering what peace Edgar Lungu was going to discuss since his PF were “violent”
    This lack of understanding or deliberate twisting of facts.
    Handing over to Mr Hakainde Hichilema is highest level of peace that can be achieved. Lungu until the time he handed over the instruments to HH, was in charge of government wings and was in the position to declare an emergency. Of course some cadre will they were going to declare war…. actually that’s exactly why he can speak at peace seminars…. because he chose peace instead civil strife.

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