Departing from a secretive State House media style that characterised president Michael Sata rein fuelling unprecedented speculation, President Edgar Lungu’s handlers are seemingly opting for the opposite announcing that the Head of State today visited medical facilities in the country for a routine medical check up.
President Lungu was attended to at the military medical facility, Maina Soko, and also had a dental check-up at a private facility – Lusaka Trust – formerly owned by the mining conglomerate, ZCCM.
Amos Chanda, the new press aide, President Lungu was given a clean bill of health following the visit to the hospital.
THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
For Immediate Release
PRESIDENT LUNGU TAKES HEALTH CHECK, TRANSFER POWER TO VICE-PRESIDENT
Lusaka, 28th January 2015—His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia has today undergone two medical examinations at Maina Soko Military Hospital and Lusaka Trust Hospital respectively.
President Lungu undertook a Baseline Health Parameters routine check-up at Maina Soko and attended the dentistry at Lusaka Trust Hospital. Doctors have given him a clean bill of health. His personal physicians interviewed him yesterday as part of the process that he completed today.
Meanwhile the Head of State has designated his authority to Her Honour the Vice-President, Ms. Inonge M. Wina to discharge the functions of office of President from Thursday, 29th January to Sunday 1st February 2015, the period he will be attending the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
President Lungu signed the instrument of power transfer today pursuant to Article 39 (1) of the constitution of Zambia.
Members of the Press are accordingly advised that the President will depart Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 08:00 hours.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT PRESS & PUBLIC RELATIONS