President Edgar Chagwa Lungu speaks during the tour of Toshiba Energy Systems Keihin Operations in Tokyo,Japan on Tuesday,December 18,2018. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2018

By Patricia Male

The Governance, Elections, Advocacy, Research Services –GEARS- Initiative Zambia is calling for a comprehensive “Bill of Health” of the president to be availed to citizens assuring that the head of state is capable of performing the executive functions.

Yesterday during the Defense Force Day, President Edgar Lungu suffered abrupt ‘dizziness’ after which Secretary to the Cabinet Simon Miti issued a statement assuring the general public and all concerned citizens including the international community, that he is well and has continued to discharge his duties.

But GEARS Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi says the demand for a clean bill of health of president Lungu’s health status is reasonable and legitimate as the nation needs to be assured that the president will be able to cope with the future pressing demands of the high of office of the republican president which involves attending and addressing local, regional and international functions, which sometimes take hours to finish, should he be re-elected on August 12.

Mr. Chipenzi is specifically concerned that the abrupt attack of dizziness on president Lungu, which is not the first time as it also happened in March 2015, must help the country to straighten its laws and appreciate why laws must be concrete and respected at all times.

He further states that since this happened to a sitting president, a medical board is required, though this would have require a member of parliament, supported by at least one-third of MPs to move a motion to “investigate the physical or mental capacity of the president to perform executive functions.”


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