LUSAMBO SEES HICHILEMA’S RADIO APPEARANCE AS A WASTE OF TIME
HAVING served under a president with incurable media phobia, former Lusaka Province minister Bowman Lusambo is shocked that President Hakainde Hichilema will today “waste” two hours responding to citizens’ questions via phone on a radio program.
In his seven-year rule, the only time former president Edgar Lungu found courage to speak to the media was when he was addressing carefully handpicked journalists or when he alighted from the presidential jet which was well stocked with pricy intoxicating wines.
In complete departure from that culture of avoiding media, President Hichilema will be appearing on radio today.
But according to Lusambo, President Hichilema’s scheduled two-hour appearance on privately-owned Radio Phoenix will be a complete waste of time.
Upon switching on his mobile phone data this morning, Lusambo took to Facebook to express shock that; “For the very first time in our history, an entire President will be subjected to a two hour long radio programme to respond to people’s concerns”.
According to the Kabushi PF member of parliarment, President Hichilema’s radio appearance today will confirm a
big communication crisis in the government.
“For his team at State House, this may appear to be a big Out of the Box innovation but for some of us who understand how governments functions, this confirms that there is a big communication crisis in the Hichilema government,” he wrote.
Lusambo wondered what Chief government spokesperson Chushi Kasanda will be doing if President Hichilema was was responding to citizens’ questions.
“What we expect from President Hichilema is to get down to work. We don’t need anymore talk shows. Those close to him should tell him that time for campaign talk shows ended and now is time to work. Farmers just want empty bags and inputs distributed. Students want loans credited in their accounts and widow just wants mealie meal prices reduced. No Zambian is interested in two hours of speeches,” Lusambo wrote.
Further, Lusambo wrote that Zambians only wanted a Progress Report and the President didn’t need two hours to give them one.
“President Hichilema should be told that if his government is failing to communicate adequately, maybe he should concentrate on filling up empty positions in his government than sitting in a studio wasting time he doesn’t even have,” wrote Lusambo.