No Zambian has ever wished President Michael Sata ill but the still and motion pictures without sound circulated to media houses is an indication that there may be an infirmity in the presidency that government is hiding from citizens, All People’s Congress (APC) leader Nason Msoni has charged.
He said no opposition political party leader worth his salt would ever wish President Sata ill health but that Zambians were deeply concerned with the manner the Head of State had been handled since he was last seen and heard more than a month ago.
Mr Msoni told the Daily Nation yesterday that the people wishing President ill were those who had failed to ask him to step aside following his recent images that were depicting a Head of State who had lost his vitality to continue holding the office of president.
“We think that government is taking Zambians for granted because non of us has the courage to ask the real question. But we believe we have legitimate worries that President Sata may not be fit enough to continue performing his functions and those who took oath yesterday will not continue holding their positions should there be a change of government because there is a strong belief that the swearing-in ceremony was not constitutionally conducted,’ Mr Msoni said. Mr Msoni has charged that the circulation of still and motion pictures without sound by State House was the worst public relations tragedy in the country’s presidency and hoped that what happened on Wednesday should be the last because Zambians were being punished by the images that had more worrying messages than imagined.
He said having withdrawn from public appearances for a long time, President Sata should have been able to address the nation through the latest swearing-in ceremony and that his soundless still and motion pictures had only fuelled more speculations and innuendoes about the health status of the Head of State. He said Zambians had every credible reason to doubt the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday because President Sata did not seem to have said anything that could have given Zambians hope that the Head of State was in stable physical and mental status to perform the functions of his office.
He said it was unfortunate that Zambians had found themselves in a situation where their Head of State was interacting with them through still pictures.
Mr Msoni told the Daily Nation that the country was in its current leadership crisis because of the euphoria that gripped Zambians prior to the 2011 general elections.
He said Zambians must learn that euphoria had never brought any meaningful change in political leadership adding some crooked politicians had often used political euphoria to cheat their way into government.
“It is tragic that as Zambians, we have found ourselves in a situation where our elected President has completely withdrawn from public appearances and citizens have been reduced to interacting with their Head of State through still and motion pictures without sound. This is the danger when a country is undergoing political euphoria. Political euphoria is a conduit for political anarchy. Let us get it very clear that no Zambian has ever wished President Sata dead. No opposition political party leader worth his salt would wish Mr Sata ill health but the still and motion pictures without sound being circulated to media houses is an indication that there is an infirmity in the presidency which government is hiding. What happened on Wednesday should be the last time because the pictures are just fueling more speculations and innuendoes about the health status of the President,” Mr Msoni said.
Mr Msoni has challenged government to deny the fact that President Sata was failing to function and that was why he was not being allowed to talk to the nation.
He said the public relations stint played by State House on Wednesday was not only sickening but worrying and absurd because it had caused more worries to citizens.