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Govt studying pronouncements on Lungu’s planned return to power, may cutoff ex-leader’s benefits


Government has threatened to cut off former president’s Edgar Lungu’s benefits following a pronouncement by the Patriotic Front (PF) that he was returning to active politics and was still the substantive party leader.

PF Deputy Mobilisation Chairperson, Bowman Lusambo, recently told the Nation that Lungu was returning to active politics and had always been the substantive president of the party since he was elected at the convention.

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Addressing Journalists at a media briefing in Lusaka on Tuesday, Chief Government Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa said necessary and relevant considerations with legal ramifications would be made based on this pronouncement.

He said experts at law had been tasked to give legal advice and government would respond accordingly after this process was concluded.

“We hope our colleagues understand what space our former president Lungu occupies in the nation, enjoys certain previledges as a former president and the ramification of their pronouncement,” Mweetwa said.

He said the current government swore to defend and protect the constitution of Zambia and that any citizen who was found wanting should not cry foul once the law visits them.

Mweetwa said no one would be allowed to break the law no matter the status they occupy in society because the Constitution is the supreme law of the land.

“Government takes great exceptional of Lusambo’s public pronouncement which is the party position and necessary and legal ramifications would be made based on this because Zambia is a preacher of law,” he said.

Mweetwa said the New Dawn Government was a government of laws and not of men and stands to be guided by the law on the revelations by Lusambo.

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