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Edgar Chagwa Lungu (born 11 November 1956) is a Zambian politician who served as the sixth president of Zambia from 25 January 2015 to 24 August 2021. Under President Michael Sata, Lungu served as Minister of Justice and Minister of Defence. Following Sata’s death in October 2014, Lungu was adopted as the candidate of the ruling Patriotic Front in a Convention of the Patriotic Front in Kabwe, for the January 2015 presidential by-election, which was to determine who would serve out the remainder of Sata’s term. In the election, he narrowly defeated opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema and took office on 25 January 2015. Lungu was elected to a full presidential term in the August 2016 election, again narrowly defeating Hichilema. Hichilema initially disputed the election result and filed a case at the Constitutional Court to nullify the result. On 5 September, however, the court dismissed the case. Lungu was sworn in for his first full term on 13 September 2016. In 2021, Lungu was defeated by long-time opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema (his 2015 and 2016 opponent), after the Electoral Commission of Zambia declared the victory of Hichilema in that year’s presidential election.

‘ECL statement reckless’…it is irresponsible for Lungu to suggest people will rise against UPND

By SHARON KALIMBULA and JOSEPH BANDA – THE Government says it is irresponsible for former President Edgar Lungu to recklessly state that the people will rise against the United Party for National Development and President Hakainde Hichilema over the alleged unruly conduct of the police.And police in Lusaka are studying the implications of Mr Lungu’s […]

ECL dragged to court over K300,000 debt

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE – A BUSINESS Executive has dragged former Republican President Edgar Lungu to court demanding payment of more than K300, 000 for printing campaign materials during the 2016 general election campaigns.Happy Mwaba Mwangata wanted the Lusaka Magistrate Court to order Mr Lungu to pay him the money which had been outstanding since 2016.Mr […]

Lungu’s ex-driver nabbed over drugs

By JULIUS PHIRI – FORMER President Edgar Lungu’s driver Juvensio Mathews Phiri has been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) for trafficking in 50 kilogrammes of cannabis.Mr Phiri still serves as part of the security detail of the former head of State.And the DEC says that it is elated with Monday’s conviction of former […]

Self-tainted PF behind UKA faction – Mweetwa

By JAMES KUNDA – THE Government has charged that the opposition Patriotic Front (PF) faction is attempting to rebrand under the newly-formed United Kwacha Alliance (UKA), with former president Edgar Lungu as presidential candidate in the 2026 general elections.Chief Government Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa said that Mr Lungu was the architect of UKA after realising that […]

Alliance plot unearthed

By JULIUS PHIRI and JAMES KUNDA – THE hidden agenda behind the formation of the opposition alliance is to campaign for, and ultimately float Edgar Lungu as a Presidential candidate for the 2026 general election and not to fight against a perceived nondescript shrinking democratic space it has been revealed.Deputy secretary general of the Christian […]

ECL’s ex-aide Chanda found with case to answer

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWEFORMER President Edgar Lungu’s Press Aide , Amos Chanda has been found with a case to answer in a matter he is charged with two counts of stealing a court record and destroying evidence .Lusaka Senior Magistrate Ireen Wishimanga found Chanda with a case to answer and placed him on his defence yesterday. […]

Kaizar Zulu continues to elude bench warrant

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE – FORMER President Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Kaizar Zulu has continued to elude a bench warrant issued against him by the magistrate’s court.It has been heard that Zulu has kept changing places of his abode.The bench warrant was issued last year and was still in force.The arresting officer Frank Malimakau and one […]

State opposes ECL’s court application over benefits

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE – THE State has opposed a motion by former president Edgar Lungu in which he has sued alleging that it violated his rights when it withdrew his benefits after he announced his return to active politics.Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet administration, Oliver Kalabo submitted to the court that Mr Lungu was not […]

Lungu faces PF disciplinary action

By SHARON KALIMBULA and NAMWINGA MWINGAFOLLOWING the lapse of a 48 hour ultimatum given to former president Edgar Lungu to exculpate himself for abrogating article 29 of the patriotic front (PF) constitution, Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Morgan Ng’ona has confirmed that the party will take disciplinary action against him.Mr Lungu on Saturday was given […]

Form your own party if you think you’re still popular, ECL challenged…as he, others get 48-hour ultimatum over illegal meetings

By SHARON KALIMBULA – LEADER of the Opposition in Parliament Robert Chabinga has challenged former president Edgar Lungu to form his own political party if he thinks he is still popular among Zambians.Mr Chabinga said Mr Lungu should not use the Patriotic Front (PF) to try his chance at a political come-back, but should form […]

ECL’s accusations baseless – Imenda

By AGRIPPA CHANDA and GEORGE SINKALA – THE United National Development Party (UPND) has advised former President Edgar Lungu to stop accusing the ruling party of denying members of his former administration access to justice in the courts of law.Party deputy Secretary General Getrude Imenda, said the ruling party had already shown dedication to upholding […]

Esther Lungu trial opens

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE – A TRADITIONAL healer has told a Lusaka Magistrate’s court that police allegedly beat her and former President, Edgar Lungu’s niece Catherine Banda during investigations.This came to light when the trial of former first lady Esther Lungu opened before Lusaka Magistrate, Mbuyanwa Sinvula on charges of theft of motor vehicles.Elizabeth Phiri told […]

I’m not a UPND hired gun – Miles Sampa

By SHARON KALIMBULA – PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Miles Sampa has refuted allegations that he has been hired by the United Party for National Development to destabilise the opposition party.Speaking when he appeared on Prime TV live programme, Mr Sampa said the UPND was not responsible for the vacuum created in the PF after the […]

ECL implicated!

By JAMES KUNDA – FORMER president Edgar Lungu has been implicated in a grand scheme to sabotage the Government’s plans to mass produce, off-load and supply affordable mealie meal to poor Zambians using the Zambia National Service (ZNS) and retailed starting with the Shoprite chain store network followed by other outlets countrywide, Parliament has heard. […]

Depoliticising Day of Prayers way to go

IT is a blessing that Zambia has continued observing the annual National Day of Prayer which began in 2015, exactly eight years ago.There were fears in some quarters that with the departure from the government of President Edgar Lungu, who declared October 18 to be observed as a National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance, and […]

Kavindele weighs in on calls for ECL’s return to politics

By JAMES KUNDA – FORMER vice-president Enoch Kavindele has counselled former president Edgar Lungu to ignore calls from some Patriotic Front (PF) members to return to active politics as he risks losing the 2026 general elections.In an interview in Lusaka, Mr Kavindele said a return to politics could harm the former president as he had […]

Dismiss Dalitso Lungu’s property forfeiture application

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE – THE State has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Court to dismiss former President Edgar Lungu’s son, Dalitso Lungu’s application to set aside the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)’s notice of motion to forfeit properties that allegedly belong to him.DPP Gilbert Phiri through a police officer who investigated the matter, submitted […]

Govt to act on ECL

By SHARON KALIMBULA – THE Government will seek a legal opinion on whether former president Edgar Lungu can continue enjoying his retirement benefits or not this is following persistent statements by senior Patriotic Front (PF) officials who have insisted that he is still the president of the opposition party, Chief Government Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa has […]

Quit politics, UCZ tells ECL

By GEORGE SINKALA – A TOP United Church of Zambia (UCZ) cleric has told former president Edgar Lungu to reject calls for him to return to active politics.Mr Lungu has instead been advised to assume the role of a statesman and work with President Hakainde Hichilema for peace and development. Read more