Pres. Lungu’s Democratic Behaviour Makes Him Attractive to Other People-Amos Chanda

State House Press Aide Amos Chanda says people may be flocking to the Patriotic Front because of the deficit of democratic behaviour in the opposition.

And Chanda said the Presidency has expressed surprise at Magistrate Exornbit Zulu’s recommendations for the prosecution of State House aide Dr Simon Miti in the aftermath of the Henry Kapoko case.

Featuring on ZNBC Special Interview program, dubbed Presidency in Focus, Chanda said President Edgar Lungu’s tolerant nature attracted some members to the Patriotic Front.

“The PF is not breaking any law, sitting with the President, he is a lawyer, he will be slow to engage in any acts that blatantly breaks the law. His democratic character makes him attractive to other people, if there is a deficit of democratic behaviour in the opposition, this is what you get,” he said.

“They are reacting to something, I am not directly in the political space. If somebody wishes to disappear what do we do as the PF? We force somebody to be on the ballot, no. Those who will file will go for elections it is a rules based system.”

Chanda added:  “An introspection is required within the opposition, maybe that is why national dialogue is important, that the democratic character of President Lungu can rub off to other leaders of other political parties so that there can be internal dialogue.”

He said that the Patriotic Front promoted openness and debate which made it easy for members to feel at home.

“In the PF there is robust open debate about issues which is why probably you have not seen a lot of that (departures), but we have seen a few departures from cabinet. We lost honourable Harry Kalaba, we won’t hold him if he wants to go, that is the nature of politics there is free movement but there is absolutely no truth whatsoever in the views that those are being enticed,” he said.

He said the PF had invested heavily in its image with Members of Parliament obligated to contribute towards party mobilization activities.

“They (ministers) have got personal vehicles, this party (PF) goes out and fundraises, it invests money into party mobilization, it is not a crime, the ministers are politicians they are not prevented to go and campaign. None of them went with a government vehicle,” he said.

“I can tell you members of parliament of the Patriotic Front contribute monthly to the party, so it raises money, it also raises money through other options and it invests in elections. What the President has, which the Secretary General will come and tell you is a formidable campaign machinery that explains not falsehoods. They will say, here we put a railway line, here we are going to put a school and they will put it. The credibility gain from this is earning the President the victories.”

On Dr Miti, he said that court may have overstepped its boundaries by making a recommendation for the prosecution of someone who had been a state witness.

“I think the judgment is out, we can have fair comment on that, what I saw was unprecedented. It was an assault on the principle of natural justice as we know it. The man was a witness before that court, the verdict as you have put it has been passed on him. He (Dr Miti) can’t even appeal it, I mean he is hopeless, what can you do? You impose yourself before a judge and judgement is done and the case is closed,” he said.

“But comments were passed on him that suggested he was a suspect, the President’s comment on this matter is no comment, because he does not have any papers that Dr Miti has been charged of any criminal offence, he has knowledge that Dr Miti appeared before that court as a witness. It is quite unfortunate, I do not wish to, I have been in worse situations than Dr Miti but I do not wish to be in his position but this is what I can tell him that sometimes it is just debate for the sake of debate.”

He added: “What offence, if I may ask did the magistrate put against Dr Miti? Which investigative agency presented it before any court? What we know and is on record is that he was a witness in that court. The pronouncements of the magistrate, for the respect of the separation of powers, for the independence of the judiciary, the principle of separation of powers between and among the three organs of the state entail that we are very constrained to comment any further rather than express surprise.”

Chanda said President Lungu sometimes was too busy working to focus on vicious critics that made a habit to insult him.

“When the President is focussed, for instance is seated with his team and is dictating what will happen, and we are going through the notes whether or not we are late about fertilizer distribution, why the irrigation dam in Mumboshi is taking too long. I think it is a luxury to focus on yellow newspapers making noise about things,” he said.

“Sometimes we are too overwhelmed and will let certain things pass. When it is necessary, we will explain to the nation like we have done now telling you that the amount of falsehoods that has been lumped on this President shows that this is a democratic government.”





  1. sim1

    Yes it is true

  2. Kanyata Mubita

    One day the truth about why the PF has osmotic powers will be established. And some of us really hope that when this happens, those who vouch for this truth like Chanda will stand up and be prepared to die for the truth. Truth cannot be kept hidden from light forever and sure as night follows day and vice versa, the truth shall be known.

  3. ICT

    In Exel, we got control keys to help users operate the system effective, data above identifies prototype of control keys, take note you can’t use virus to scan virus , if yes pragiarist will admire potential violation, instead use antivirus to scan all malicious software.

  4. Ba Mwaata

    Well spoken Ba Chanda we love u..nothing more ushumfwa patunono napafingi teti omfwe!!

  5. Truth man

    When things are good for you as an individual,you fight tooth and nail to defend where you get the goodies !Nobody bites the finger that feeds him.

  6. Mr dundumweenze

    I am upnd supporter from kalomo but I am agree with you Mr Bwana Chanda,only foolish people will negative you,mubeleke kabotu twalumba nkaambo namuntu waamba kabotu nkumulumbaizya kutali kukazya aciluleme tee mbuyanga.

  7. Mr. K

    Jesus. Was. Nailed. On. The. Cross. For. The. Truth. Only. Judases. Can. Doubt. Excellent. Style. Of. Leadership. That. Ecl. Has. Exhibited. Since. Becoming president

  8. Chrispine nyirenda

    We need such men like Mr.A Chanda who can speak the truth.

  9. Bruno mars the moonshine jungle master


  10. Joseph.mwape

    What type of democracy are you talking about.You stole a candidate from your friend’s party and you say that is democracy.

  11. Razor

    Let’s see how popular you will be and how many pipo will come flocking to your party once you are out of government. Ask KK and Rupia how many pipo are flocking to them now.

  12. hasty

    Comment Whatever goes up must certainly come down. Your day of reckoning is coming.

  13. Pat

    Stop parading poor citizens in the name of campaign for your selfish nesd

  14. Victor Kayonbo

    Nanga Kudya Zii Chavuta?

  15. Mr dundumweenze

    Now I got your point, Mr chanda zoona you are very stubborn,do you think that those who are coming from upnd🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃 to pf are wise people they are all foolish,because in pf there is no doors or windows to protect our country from thieves like you and your fake president lungu. But the wise will remain united👬👬👫whether win or lose .

  16. Shaka

    Like in the book, animal farm, revisit the literature, that is the Zambia today.

  17. Teshakuno

    Democratic beviour in a currupt country and infringement of human rights is making our President slowly becoming unpopular.

  18. Chris B

    True, very true indeed and very well articulated A Chanda

  19. Manuva

    In Zambia today people who are rich will keep getting richer and those who are poor will keep getting poorer.

  20. Chisenga


  21. Ashamo Makofi

    Is Kabila of Congo DR standing in December election? If not why? I really need to know.

  22. Aaron gadama

    Nice work boss

  23. Paxina mulenga


  24. Fiction

    Some people pretend not to see the truth even witg 4 eyes. wel enjoy for now chanda. nothing evil lasts

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