TWO opposition leaders have made an astonishing claim that Zambia President Edgar Lungu is not the person he says he is and that he stole someone’s identity.
The two opposition figures have since alleged that President Edgar Lungu is in fact Jonathan Mutaware, a Malawian.
In a jaw-dropping interview on Prime TV’s Oxgen of Democracy programme on Monday night, People’s Party President Mike Mulongoti and New Labour Party President Fresher Siwale challenged President Lungu to produce his National Registration Card as a way of proving his true identity.
Mulongoti said as a patriotic citizen, it is his responsibility to protect the constitution hence the move he took to write to the Public Protector of Zambia asking the institution to investigate President Lungu’s true identity.
He said since he wrote to the Public Protector on March 13th 2018 giving it two weeks to respond to his letter, the institution has not yet responded.
Mulongoti observed that there were too many inconsistencies in President Lungu’s life history that prompted him to demand that the Public Protector investigates his true identity.
He said in his authorized autobiography, Against All Odds, President Lungu claims to have been born in a then whites only Ndola Central Hospital in 1956 but that on a Prime TV programme, State House Spokesman Amos Chanda claimed that President Lungu was infact born in Kitwe.
Mulongoti said there is also no record of his childhood or primary school education or any mention of his immediate family members.
He said curiously, President Lungu has never attended a funeral or a wedding of any family member since moving to State House, which he said is bizarre in an African set up.
“I started getting curious about the conduct of the man in State House after he unleashed vicious dogs on us who were attending Mr Hichilema’s court cases when he was charging with treason.
This country saw of the most vicious dogs at Court buildings and heavily armed police officers. I begun to question myself because naturally Zambians are forgiving people, we might quarrel a lot but we don’t wish anyone dead. So that conduct prompted me to start asking questions that maybe this man could not be one us,” Mulongoti said.
He added, ” I am doing this in good faith. I know some people are calling me a mad man but surely, can a mad man launch an inquiry into the President’s identify? I don’t think so. We are simply asking the President a question, Who are you?
This is a question that everyone should answer easily. Our Immigration officers at the boarder points ask this question everyday when they ask for the Passport. I don’t expect PF officials or those at State House to answer for him because those only met at work, they don’t know him well.”
The People’s Party leader said he is ready to apologize and face consequences if a public inquiry by the Public Protector proves that President Lungu is indeed a Zambian.
Mulongoti added that the Chimwemwe House No. 4001 which President Lungu claims to have grown up from has toilets outside while the House No.4001 appearing in his autobiography shows a House with toilets inside.
“When we went to interview the current landlords at this House, we found that the morning we arrived, they were evicted the previous night after the House was bought off by unknown people, that raises suspicions.”
“We went to Mukuba Secondary School because the current President has been donating things to the school claiming he was a pupil there. You see at every institution, there are those that have stayed there longer and they have a way of remembering things, it could be messengers, cleaners or guards. We met some people who confirmed that yes there was a pupil by the name of Edgar Chagwa Lungu but he was dark and not light.”
And Siwale has observed that the traditional leaders from Eastern Province who have been paraded claiming that President Lungu is their Son have mentioned that he was born from Eneless Zulu while in his autobiography, it is claimed that President Lungu’s mother was Eliza Tasila Jere.
Siwale added that he has evidence to prove that the current Head of State stole the identity of Edgar Chagwa Lungu who was born in Kitwe at House No. 4001, Chimwemwe, the father to Tasila Lungu.
“My research into this identity issue because when President Lungu started calling for a Grade 12 certificate for all parliamentary candidates in the 2016 general elections and it reminded me of the time when late Dr Chiluba changed the constitution and inserted the parentage clause to bar Dr Kaunda from standing. As a Teacher who has studied psychology, this triggered my interest.”
He added, ” I later found that the man in State House is not who says he is. The Edgar Lungu in State House was born Jonathan Mutaware from Malawian parents who came to Zambia to work in the mines.
He attended Kaloko Primary School and later Masala Secondary School and he failed Form 3 and hence his insistence on the Grade 12 certificate issue.”
“The man in State House has stolen an identity belonging to a man called Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the father to Tasila, the late Edgar Chagwa Lungu went to Ishuko Primary School and Chimwemwe A and later attended Mukuba Secondary School and enrolled at Zambia National Service and later went to UNZA were he met Tasila’s mother Dorothy Machanda. The two got married in Mtendere and later moved to Kabwata. The late Edgar Chagwa Lungu was a very sharp and accomplished lawyer.”