GOVERNMENT is in the process of institutionalising a medical board to give regular updates on the health of the Republican President to avoid specualtion, Vice President Inonge Wina said yesterday.
She said this during the Vice President Question and Answer session in Parliament.
Mrs Wina said the health of the President was of paramount interest and needed to be protected from speculation due to lack of independent updates.
She said the idea of institutionalsing a medical board was aimed at doing away with the President’s preferred medical team.
The health of the President has come under spotlight after having lost two sitting Heads of State in presidents Levy Mwanawasa and Michael Sata.
“This Government is looking at many options to ensure that the health of the President is protected. Until now the practice has been that the President choosing his own doctors but we are working on having an institution where there is a body to look into and give regular updates on the health of the President.
“This will avoid speculation or counter speculation. At the moment it seems that anyone can say anything about the health of the President; so to minimize the speculation, we will have a body that will give regular independent updates,” she said.
And responding to a question by Mazabuka Central Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo who wanted to follow up on how the option of bringing to Parliament the selected agreeable clauses will work, Ms Wina said; “The issue on how we are going to proceed with the constitution-making process will be explained to the general public in due course.”
The Vice President also said the increased retirement age from 55 years to 65 years would be revised.