Zambian youth boo president, demand change

2016-01-25 13:23
Edgar Lungu (File: AFP)

Edgar Lungu (File: AFP)

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Kalomo – President Edgar Lungu was booed and jeered in Zambia's Kalomo district, as hundreds of youth showed signs of no confidence in his government by chanting "we want change" during his visit to the area, reports the Post.

Lungu was accused of veering off the path set by former head of state, Michael Sata.

Patriotic Front (PF) Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe, who claimed to have been marginalised by the ruling party, said Lungu had lost his political credibility in the province when he started forming relationships and instating people who were frowned upon by Sata.

"His advisers should have warned him to be prepared for anything when visiting an area where people feel humiliated by the PF leadership," he said.

Lungu, however, threatened the youth that booed him with arrest, saying they had been paid to shadow his rally.

This came as opposition party MP Carlos Antonio last week criticised Lungu for being the weakest leader the country had ever had.

Antonio described Lungu as a toothless leader who was too docile to act on his erring ministers and party members, who he accused of dragging the country into anarchy. 

Lungu came into power after defeating opposition leader and businessman Hakainde Hichilema in a closely contested election early last year, following the death of Sata in October 2014.

He has constantly come under fire, with the opposition accusing him of mismanaging the country.

Reports indicate that Lungu's administration has failed to deliver on promises made during his election campaign.

Read more on:    patriotic front  |  edgar lungu  |  zambia  |  zambia elections 2016  |  southern africa

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