The unashamed celebration of President Lungu’s illness going by mocking headlines in the Post Newspaper and derogatory reports on social media by members of certain political parties must be condemned with utmost disgust by all well-meaning patriotic Zambians. Only sadists full of hatred will rejoice in someone else’s sickness or misfortune. The callous hatred displayed by these news media and cadres of certain political parties is immoral especially in a Christian Nation like Zambia. Therefore, the hatred the Post Newspaper harbors for Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu remains the epitome of immorality going by today’s headline. There is need for Zambians of good conscience to frown upon such sadist reporting.
President Lungu does not become the first sitting President in Zambia and beyond to fall ill while in office. In August 2010, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, aged 59 years at that point, collapsed at the official launch of his re-election campaign. The normal reaction from citizens is that of fear and panic. In this regard, State House and Government have done a commendable job in informing the nation to avoid unnecessary speculation. For the first time in the history of Zambia, President Lungu has allowed transparency regarding his health, which ordinarily must remain a private matter. Zambians of good conscience have yearned for such openness and it is gratifying that President Lungu has granted the same.
The President is human like anyone of us and can fall ill. The Bible calls on everyone to honour and respect authorities (1 Cor 12) and that we should be full of love, not hatred. As the medical team continue do their work in addressing President Lungu’s condition, we call upon all Zambians to pray for the President’s quick recovery.
Issued by Sunday Chilufya Chanda.