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Sun Jul 31 05:37:32 SAST 2016

Zambian youth boo President Edgar Lungu, demand change

Agency staff | 25 January, 2016 13:33
President Edgar Lungu. File photo.
Image by: ROGAN WARD / Reuters

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, according to a report.

The Post reports that 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.

Source: News24

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