President Edgar Lungu has told his Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo to reflect on his conduct as he serves his 30-day suspension from Parliament, instead of boasting that he does not regret slapping Roan PF member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili.
And President Lungu says his marriage with First Lady Esther is not on the rocks as reported, and that he is enjoying good health.
He said when he falls ill, he will inform the nation.
After he took the walk of shame from the House, Tuesday, Lusambo told News Diggers in an interview that he did not regret his actions but would continue protecting President Lungu and the Constitution.
But speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the construction of Maina Soko multi-billion medical center in Lusaka yesterday, the Head of State joked that the Kabushi PF member of parliament had acquired a new name, Boxer Lusambo.
President Lungu said he wished Speaker Matibini recommended further punishment to him because he did not like boxing.
“Provincial minister for Lusaka province, I don’t know what name to use today because everyone keeps accumulating names, I am told he is Mr Boxer Lusambo but please don’t use that name, find a better name, Mr peace keeper or something like that. With the punishment from Parliament, I hope that you will endure this name of boxing and I wish the Speaker recommended further punishment to the President because he doesn’t want boxing. So serve that punishment my brother and get back to work but learn your lessons although I know you are unrepentant,” President Lungu said.
And President Lungu said he was enjoying good health.
“I will tell you when I’m sick, when my marriage is on the rocks I will tell you about my marriage but so far so good, we are very happily married. You know, you can hide sickness but you can’t hide death. I keep telling Amos Chanda that tell the people about the state of my health. Health is what you do everyday, it is what you eat, how we behave, how much we drink, how much we eat. Some of you look very healthy but I will be there at your obituary. God’s secret is in life and death,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Lungu promised that his government would continue providing quality health care.
“It is therefore inevitable for us to put up a state of the art structure. This will enable the facility to deliver quality health care services to the men and women in uniform and their families including the surrounding community,” said President Lungu.
“For this project to be delivered as scheduled, I urge the office of the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development to ensure that all stakeholders involved in the construction of this facility are readily available. I am also reliably informed that despite the commencement of this project which will take approximately 36 months in phase one, the hospital will continue operating from the old building and medical personnel will be available to offer the usual services.”
He said he wanted Zambia to become a medical tourism hub.