Zambia's Lungu fires controversial political aide

Saturday December 21 2019

Zambian President Edgar Lungu. PHOTO | AFP

Zambian President Edgar Lungu. PHOTO | AFP 

MICHAEL CHAWE
By MICHAEL CHAWE
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Zambian President Edgar Lungu has fired his special assistant for political affairs following pressure from the public.

No reasons was given for the dismissal of the scandal-ridden aide Kaizer Zulu.

In his place, President Lungu Friday appointed Chris Zimba as his new political advisor and urged him to "steer clear of trouble."

Zimba, a youthful academic from the University of Zambia, is a PhD student in politics and holds an Master in Democracy.

Mr Zulu's latest antics involved him instructing his "boys" to clobber a minibus driver after allegedly hitting him.

Police said they were investigating the matter but he was not summoned.

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He later appeared on a TV talk show attempting to exonerate himself after much criticism.

Local media have reported incidents of himbrandishing a gun in public.

He also appeared in court recently on assault charges after an incident at a guest house in the capital Lusaka.

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