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State House Trashes Reshuffle Story

State House has dismissed reports that President Edgar Lungu has made reshuffles to his cabinet in the aftermath of his working holiday in South Luangwa.

Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said purported statement from State House was false as it had no markings of official correspondence.

“It is absolutely false, people who invest in this have too much idle time on their hands. It is historical when President Kenneth Kaunda went to Mfuwe, he came back with a list of reshuffles, this President (President Lungu) has his own style and he has his own way of doing things,” Chanda said.

“If he wants he can make cabinet reshuffle from where he was in South Luangwa, he can do it, and if he wants he can make it in State House. He can announce anytime there is no standing order as some politician who was boasting about knowing government procedure, totally ignorant, far from the truth, there is no standing order that designates to announce when the President is out.”

He added:  “State House according to the circumstances of the time, will either announce when the President has gone, they can announce a day before or at the airport, there is no standing order contrary to that falsehood. I know of a neighbouring country, the established protocol is that they announce when the President is halfway through the journey, another country without embarrassing them, they announce when the President has arrived at the destination. You can’t say there is an order that says when the President gets on the plane there is got to be an announcement.”

Chanda said the Presidency had been bombarded with a lot of calls over the alleged reshuffles.

“It has had an impact we received calls, State House is inundated with calls from diplomats, you can imagine the people supposedly affected and purported to have been removed, it has an effect of causing some disruption in normal government operations, disruption in the markets because business people want to reconfigure the relationships, they want to see whether there is policy shift,” he said.

“It has an effect not just to disrupt government but to disrupt the markets. It is mischievous for people to invest time in purveying falsehoods especially around the Presidency, it is very serious to announce a falsehood around the Presidency especially to say this is statement A when in fact this is Statement B.”

The Presidential aide also shed light on the standard procedure of announcing Presidential statements.

“Statements from State House are very clear, the protocol surrounding the announcement of statements from State House is I (Chanda) will announce it, it will have a stamp above and below. It will be confirmed within 30 minutes by the state broadcaster ZNBC, the Ministry of Information will confirm should there be a situation where I am unreachable. The public newspapers will carry the statement on their website versions that this is a statement,” he said.

“If a statement like that falsehood is seen within 30 minutes if ZNBC does not carry it then the public can ignore it. If it means interrupting a transmission, we will do so.”

A statement has been doing the rounds in the aftermath of President Lungu’s retreat at Mfuwe with speculations over why he opted to leave out his aides rife.

Chanda also parried allegations of corruption among some Presidential aides.

“State House a stringent clearance system, we will not clear anyone with a criminal record to see the President. All the people around the President do not have criminal records, no one is secluded from that,” he said.

17 Comments

  1. Ambassador Mosmuk

    Umuchele ikufina baumfwa ku usendele

    • bark at ali

      Then how come you cleared Mathani, money launderer to be at State House?
      How did you allowed BOZ ti issue him financial institution licence, after his known money laundering record in Zambia and Malawi?

  2. Gangsta grabs

    I think Lungu has bitches.imwe nini inzuna especialy pa last ungachite anounce change of carbinet for sure.ponyo ponyo.i thank u

  3. Razor

    It’s true there were no re-shuffles simply because he wasn’t in luangwa but in south africa.

    • True zambian

      Why is it difficult to believe that Edgar Chagwa Lungu was in South Luangwa? Don’t you know that the challenger is serviced in South Africa and in its absence the president can use any other aircraft under ZAF

  4. mizonda

    yalikosa

    • kambwili

      Kuwayawaya fye. Twalitoka imisu twanyanta pali pwetete.

  5. Marker

    Am so disappointed with our social medias,why do you allow abusive language to be printed ?This makes our media look useless and a platform for exchanging insults.What happened Facebook world wide was as result of the same negligence by the media itself.

  6. medrick mukanzu

    guz mind yo own business why ar u like that

  7. King cool

    Lungu must have fallen sick and rushed to the hospital in South Africa, or He went to wash himself in Indian ocean for strength.

  8. King cool

    If Lungu was in the country, why did he left Chama as a acting President? You can only leave a acting President when you are out of the country? Let them not start fooling us we are old enough.

  9. fisunge

    Look every one the president is no super human ok why shud everything he does be disclosed he was on holiday or on leave so why cant he leave someone when hes not working wether outside or inside the fact that he’s not working someone shud be in office mwebatonga please muleishiba utuntu ( know the things) mwaumfwa you even want to enter enter the presidents bedroom ninshi kanshi atase bushe lungu nga alalwala mulandu

  10. Dr Fonicks

    why complain about lungu ? was there power vacuum. this shouldn’t be a big issue. although as citizens, we are entitled to know the whereabouts of the President, but it shouldn’t be blown out of proportion. there are many more issues of urgency that we can be preoccupied with. take for example the non payments of farmers for the maize supplied to FRA. those are critical issues we can ponder on. further more, my fellow country men and women, please let’s not use this platform for passing insult like comments. This can be used to sensitive, educate and inform others. we can even use it as an eye opener for both ruling and opposition parties. some of these politicians whether in opposition or ruling party, found themselves where they are by accident hence their uncalled for behaviour. insults won’t take us anywhere. I rest my case.

  11. Mazuba Isaacs halukuba hamumba

    Chanda u can’t chit us or blind fold us.u ediger reshuffled.born kapeso is the new IG for police, given lubinda he is no longer a justice minister maybe u can jus blind fold ur fellow blind fellers

  12. Hemmings jd chupa

    not interested

  13. Che Guevara

    Chanda speaks as if he goes inside Lungu’s mind. That is the style of most bootlickers. Just listen to this: “If he wants he can make cabinet reshuffle from where he was in South Luangwa, he can do it, and if he wants he can make it in State House. He can announce anytime there is no standing order as some politician who was boasting about knowing government procedure, totally ignorant, far from the truth, there is no standing order that designates to announce when the President is out.”

  14. Marvin

    Awe sure

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