State House has quantified that there is no power vacuum in the country as incumbent Republican President His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu who is also President-elect is still in charge.
Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Mr. Amos Chanda said President Lungu does not cease to be President until he hands over the instruments of power to the President-elect.
During a Press Briefing at State House on Tuesday, Mr. Chanda said that there has never been a situation in Zambia where the outcome of an election leaves a power vacuum. He said the incumbent President is always the custodian of the instruments of power which he exercises with the full support of all security services and the Civil Service.
Mr Chanda said that all Government wings including the Civil Service were operating normally and that there was no cause for apprehension.
‘’The Central Bank continues to be fully in charge of the monetary policy while the Secretary to the Treasury is overseeing the fiscal policy side of the economy,’’ Mr Chanda said.
He said the President has assured the financial services industry that there would be no disruptions in market operations.
Mr. Chanda further said President Lungu is disappointed with some sections of society who have continued to issue statements to undermine the court process and the integrity of the State in general.
He said the President wants all parties to let the due process of the court to take place without undue pressure.
The Special Assistant to the President said pro-poor policies and growth- oriented programmes will be the President’s focus in his next five-year term.
He further said that the President regrets the failure of the referendum and he will weigh options of re-tabling it now against the pressing needs in the social sectors given the current resource constraints.
Mr. Chanda also noted that the President will cut unnecessary subsidies in the energy sector and will ensure that only productive sectors enjoy limited subventions.
Issued by: CECILIA LUBUMBASHI MULENGA CHIEF ANALYST (PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS) STATE HOUSE
LUSAKA, (TUESDAY, AUGUST, 30, 2016)