Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

28 February 2013

Zambia: Is Edgar Lungu Ever Sober?

opinion

Its a pity that our country has a man of Edgar Lungu's kind for a Ministerial of home affairs. We have no doubt that Edgar Lungu is the worst minister of home affairs we have ever had.

Edgar Lungu together with the former register of societies Clement Andeleki concocted a lie that Nevers Mumba was still the president of the National Revolution Party (NRP) according to records at the Registrar of Societies. They repeated this lie like a broken record until the former national secretary of NRP produced a letter which he wrote to the Registrar way back in 2009 were-in he informed the Registrar that his party (NRP) had dissolved itself. Edgar has not yet come to the nation to apologise for this deliberate misinformation.

We also remember how he recently announced that the police would not keep vigil at our rally in Kabwata Lusaka last month. Its difficult to believe that such nonsense can come from a lawyer. Edger knows every well what our republican constitution says about the Zambia Police and their responsibilities to society. Police protection is not a privilege but a right.

Again yesterday Edgar dragged the hapless and bewildered Libongani, before the cameras, to tell more lies. Edgar claimed that Hakainde Hichilema is responsible for the killing of Harrison Chanda. Edgar knows every well that 'a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty'. Even if a person is caught in the very act of murder, he must first be tried and proved guilty or admits guilty before he is pronounced guilty. But yesterday Edger pronounced HH guilty before police even concluded their investigation.

With these claims Edgar is basically endangering the life of HH. We say this because Harrison Chanda was a man with a family, relatives and friends who loved him dearly and may want to exact revenge. These claims by Edgar are tantamount to inciting violence against HH. But to Edgar that is immaterial as long as he scores political points. To him what matters is pushing PF agenda rather than ensuring national security as his position demands.

We pity Michael Sata because he has two useless lawyers in two very sensitive portfolios. Everyday Michael Sata is being perceived as a dictator around the world and here at home because of these failed lawyers. Edgar's colleague at the ministry of justice, Wynter Kabimba, puts arrogance and pomposity before proper legal reasoning. Its a pity indeed.

We are now beginning to think that maybe there could be some truth in the allegations made against Edgar by his fellow MPs, sometime back, that he goes to parliament drunk. Is Edgar ever sober? Food for thought.

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