President Edgar Lungu yesterday underwent a second theatre operation and immediately after declared that all was well about his health.
“All is fine about my health and those wishing me dead are not going to wish me away because God takes care of his own,” he said in an exclusively interview with the Daily Nation.
President Lungu who was discharged from hospital yesterday said from Milpark Hospital in South Africa that he was fine and looking forward to coming back home to continue with the work Zambians had elected him for. Presidential press aide Amos Chanda said the Head of State was discharged from hospital and was looking forward to resuming his full duties.
“I am not going to be evacuated to Pakistan because my medical team has managed his condition and advised me to take care of my diet,” he said. President Lungu said Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete called him to encourage and wish him well having fallen ill himself (Kikwete) adding that it was not strange for leaders to get sick.
On Friday, President Lungu underwent surgery for his achalasia (a condition of the narrowing of the food pipe) and medical doctors managed his condition and yesterday, the Head of State said he completed his high-tech treatment and was feeling fine and ready for work.
“I have just undergone my second surgery this morning (yesterday morning) and all is well. The doctors managing me say I am fine and I will be home soon. They (doctors) have advised me to take care of my diet and work schedule but tell those who are harbouring hatred against me that that I am not going anywhere…not to Pakistan. I have a trip to Namibia and will be going to China for a State visit soon. So those who wish me bad luck will not succeed because God takes care of his own,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said those who were spreading lies and malice about his health would one day learn that while the truth took time to be known, there was always a time when it asserted itself and expose wickedness of those who wished others ill health. The Head of State said the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) should get in touch with his team of medical doctors to get an update on his medical condition following his successful operation.
President Lungu also disclosed that he had consulted the Judicial Service Commission before appointing Lillian Shawa Siyuni as Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after suspending Mutembo Nchito who is facing a tribunal on alleged professional misconduct and impropriety.
He said the Constitution gave authority to the President to appoint an Acting DPP and that it did not spell out the mode of consultations and it was therefore ironical and mischievous for Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba to insinuate that there were no consultations in the process.