Michael Katambo kneelingA picture of Fisheries and Livestock Minister Michael Katambo kneeling reverently while talking to President Lungu has done the rounds on the internet this week, attracting scorn and ridicule, not only in Zambia, but across Africa. South Africa’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula even saw it fit to comment on Twitter: “Zambia’s president holding discussions with his livestock minister. No seat for him, not even kneeling”, he commented, seemingly forgetting his own imperious president. However, the phenomenon is not new. Ministers (and other measly subjects) are often seen kneeling when talking to the president, both in Zambia and other African countries. African presidents continue to hold too much power. The picture of Katambo was allegedly taken inside a priest’s office at Mary Immaculate Parish after Lungu attended mass. No further details were revealed.