The debate around the origins of President Edgar Lungu has dragged on for too long. So much has been said about him not being the man he says he is. But why has it become necessary now to question the credentials of a man who has stood for Presidency twice and also served as Member of Parliament for Chawama Constituency.
His life has been pretty open with a traceable background that takes him back to Mukuba High School and later the University of Zambia. For those who care it could be deeper.
The man also served in the army with the story around military recruitment in Zambia well known in relations to foreign nationals. It appears the debate follows a well scripted narrative that seeks to disorient President Lungu by his political adversaries.
It had been a long struggle to discredit the Head of State that started with the Presidential petition and now an over ambitious impeachment motion through parliament.
Every imaginable front has traps laid for President Lungu through the judiciary, legislature and to some extent the executive. The lone ranger leading the heritage debate Mike Mulongoti had not until now seen anything wrong with President Lungu’s Zambian heritage.
Mulongoti stood as one of the loudest cheerleaders of President Lungu in the 2015 Presidential elections hopping in the then Patriotic Front candidate’s plane across the country.
Mulongoti swore before everyone that cared to listen that President Lungu’s credentials were impeccable until demands for a reward for his role hit a snag. No one could blame President Lungu for turning his back on Mulongoti for this is the man who has been eating with Heads of State since the dawn of multi-party politics.
Mulongoti had begun to take it as a given that he will always be the go-to guy for Heads of State. Like a jilted lover Mulongoti has been all over town telling everyone how bad President Lungu is and even questioning the President’s identity.
Does Zambia really need this needless and destructive debate when a lot is begging for attention in our country?
It appears it is a routine query around the Presidency that started with Kenneth Kaunda, Frederick Chiluba with their successors not escaping the same level of accusations.