Zambian Police Caution Former President Lungu Against Politicizing Morning Jogging Sessions
Zambian police have issued a warning to former President Edgar Lungu, urging him to refrain from turning his morning jogging routine into political events. The caution comes in response to an incident that occurred in Lusaka on Saturday, where supporters of Lungu’s Patriotic Front (PF) joined him during his exercise session, cheering and showing their support.
In a statement released on Sunday, police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga stated that Lungu’s jogging sessions, accompanied by PF members and without his security officers present, constituted “unlawful assembly.” Hamoonga emphasized that in the future, the former president should inform the police in advance of his jogging plans to ensure public safety and proper traffic management.
Hamoonga further emphasized that Lungu must adhere to security protocols and avoid engaging in any form of political activism. He expressed disapproval of the disruption caused by Patriotic Front cadres during the incident, as it hindered the flow of traffic. The police spokesperson made it clear that such actions would not be tolerated moving forward.
This development adds to the already tense relationship between Lungu and his successor, Hakainde Hichilema. The strained dynamics between the two leaders have recently led to the arrest of Lungu’s wife on allegations of vehicle theft.
It remains to be seen how Lungu will respond to the police warning and whether he will adjust his jogging routines accordingly. The incident highlights the delicate balance between personal activities and political implications for public figures, especially in a charged political environment.