Red carpets are just too alluring
When President Sata assumed office in 2011, he said he would do away with all the red carpets, pomp and circumstance of the presidency. But he quickly settled into the reverie, and his successor, President Lungu, has taken to the red carpets as well. At least judging from the media coverage of his latest arrival home. Lungu was received by hordes of people and numerous officials from the ruling PF party and government, including at least five ministers. There were cheering cadres draped on buses, singing and dancing women, banners highlighting our president’s virtues, and happy smiles all around. However, I am still trying to figure out how these (expensive – both in terms of money and time) airport rituals benefit the country?
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly