Secretary to Cabinet Dr. Roland Msiska has informed the nation that President Edgar Lungu remained Republican President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces despite the challenge of his re-election through an election petition.
In his statement dated 20th August 2016 and released to the Press, Msiska stated that:
“Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu remains President of the Republic of Zambia, President-Elect and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces”.
And Msiska stated that government had put forward the inauguration ceremony of President Edgar Lungu until the election petition was disposed off in the next fourteen (14) days:
“Following the filing-in of a Presidential Election Petition by the United Party for National Development (UPND), the inauguration ceremony for President Edgar Chagwa Lungu which was scheduled for Tuesday 23rd August 2016, has been postponed to another date”.
Msiska also disclosed that the inauguration ceremony of the Vice-President Hon. Inonge Mututwa Wina was also put forward to a later date.