Government officials should get up early like the rest of us
On Monday 27 February, at around 07:15 in rush hour in Lusaka, I was stuck in a queue waiting for the presidential motorcade to pass. The interesting bit was that the motorcade, consisting of around 40 cars, all driving at high speed, sirens blaring, lights flashing, tinted windows, was not rushing the president TO the airport. No, the motorcade was returning FROM the airport. The whole idea about closing off all the major roads to allow the president’s motorcade unhindered passage is presumably based on some misconceived idea that people are falling over themselves to assassinate our president. The idea is laughable as President Lungu is no threat to anyone. And the whole thing becomes even more ridiculous when we are considering that the motorcade presumably had already dropped off Lungu. It is no doubt exciting for our government officials to be able to live out their inner James Bond, driving at great speed through the capital, with police keeping the masses at a distance, allowing them to feel important. However, not only is it a great nuisance to the public, it also amounts to a massive abuse of public resources. Lungu should have used his helicopter to get to the airport, and all his hangers-on should have driven in a normal fashion to the airport, without a barrage of support vehicles, observing the traffic rules, keeping to the speed limits, waiting at red lights, and queuing. Okay, so they would have been forced to get out of bed a bit earlier, just like the rest of us. Tough!
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly