PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu on Saturday told passengers on a public passenger bus that he was going to abuse his powers as Head of State just like others before him did.
President Lungu, who took part in a fundraising walk for the Cheshire Homes of Chawama, told passengers that first Republican president Dr Kenneth Kaunda, who ruled Zambia for 27 years, also ‘abused’ his office.
“Don’t worry I am abusing my power, the powers of the President. Nabobene nga baba President efyo bakalachita,” President Lungu said in apparent reference to his critics who have accused him of abusing his power since his election in 2015 following Michael Sata’s death.
He wondered why some people were complaining about his ‘abuse of power’ when he had only ruled for a few years.
“Ba Kaunda, 27 years efyo balechita finofine tamwaleilishanya, natekako one year mwakalipa,” said President Lungu.
The Patriotic Front is organising a “Meet the President” fundraising dinner in Solwezi where the highest selling ticket has been pegged at K20,000.
But former secretary to the Cabinet Sketchely Sacika said the Head of State must not use his position as Republican President to fundraise for his political party as that is “abuse of office”.
And Party for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo called on the Financial Intelligence Centre to immediately investigate the PF’s “Meet the President” dinners, accusing the ruling party of engaging in fraudulent activities.