I have told Lungu my position – VJ Mwaanga

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VJ Mwaanga

Veteran politician Vernon Johnson Mwaanga says he is happy that he met President Edgar Lungu and stated his position on the current happenings in the country.

In a statement, Mwaanga commonly known as VJ however expressed concern that President Lungu decided to issue a statement to the media about him before giving him an audience.

Below is Mwaanga’s statement:

I have been receiving numerous calls from media houses and concerned citizens , following remarks which were made by President Edgar Lungu today at state house at a swearing in ceremony . The President expressed disappointment that i have been travelling in the southern african region and spreading falsehoods about the current situation and events in Zambia and something to the effect that the country was on fire.

I can confirm that i was invited to a meeting with President Lungu at state house late this morning after he had already made his statement. At the time i went to state house and until after the meeting, i was not made aware that he had already made a public statement about me . I only became aware after our meeting which was frank and transparent . I would have expected the President to invite me for a frank talk before going public and before relying on information about me which was turned out to be faulty. Natural justice demands this procedure be followed as a minimum courtesy to a senior citizen and elder statesman like myself, who has always had the best interest of our country at heart. I respect the confidentiality of our discussion with the head of state based on my long years of dealing with matters of statecraft , and will not divulge what we discussed, but suffice it to say that he gave me a fair opportunity to state my position , after he had stated his and this is an opportunity i had looked forward to since March 2015, when he had promised me an opportunity to meet him and discuss matters relating to the welfare of our country. As misfortune would have it , that meeting he had promised me never took place until today. The President and i last met very briefly in Namibia in March 2015 at the inauguration of President Hage Geingob, where i had even gone to the airport in windhoek to meet him when he arrived from zambia accompanied by former President Rupiah Banda. We were to meet in Lusaka after my return from Nigeria where i had gone to observe elections on behalf of the National Democratic Institute of the United States of America. Iam honoured that he gave me an opportunity this morning to talk to him in a very respectfully manner and i think we both understood each other’s respective positions and the way forward for our great country


19 Responses to I have told Lungu my position – VJ Mwaanga

  1. I wonder why Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and Rupia Banda cannot follow this same lead?
    Their silence in this matter is very disturbing.

    April 24, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    • It is very, very disturbing when your children start questioning your silence over issues that boarder on accountability, integrity, rule of law…

      April 25, 2017 at 9:47 am

    • I believe kk and RB are quiet over this matter because of the childish behaviour exhibited by hh on the road.

      May 25, 2017 at 1:38 am

  2. Kaunda is not the nice guy we always thought he was otherwise he would have intervened. Rupiah Banda is running the country right now. Whatever he says is what Lunch is doing. All of them Kaunda, Rupiah and Lungu are evil.

    Truth Speaker
    April 24, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    • truly my dear.

      Sibajene Hamoombe
      April 25, 2017 at 6:36 am

  3. Lets leave Kaunda out of this if Lungu or any other leader can not recognize that he could be an asset that they need.

    April 25, 2017 at 12:32 am

  4. Our Father in heaven could say a word or send a Prophet or write on the wall to tell those Leaders who were oppressing others, yes the we believe is saying we must respect our parents because they are our Earthly god.Yes yes brothers, brethren, We’ve our Father in this country who brought us upto this time, he preached peace not only in Zambia but in all Africa, yes our Zambian Father come out say something, send someone, write on the wall on Wall of these people who are bringing confessions, tribalism, to stop without looking who he/she is,yes Our Father Kk abuse,state,A Kaunda you fought to bring peace and unit in the Africa, come out Father say something, write something on walls of these Leaders who are bringing tribalism which you did like and which you fought to end, to stop and Unit and peace, I’m so sad our Father this thing happened on this month of Easter were We must love, forgive, unit in Christ as we call our country as Christian Nation. Amen

    Man the Tower
    April 25, 2017 at 4:14 am


    April 25, 2017 at 4:15 am

  6. VJ is being played by Lungu. VJ has disclosed his position on the Zambian Political Crisis but Criminal Lungu could actually victimise and silence for that. VJ is making a mistake to assume that Lungu is a Statesman who can listen to his wise advice. Lungu is a thug and a Criminal surrounded by fellow Criminals who will kill to defend his stolen power. Anybody opposed to Lungu’s views including VJ will be crushed and silenced very soon. Using State Institutions Lungu is prepared to use force and establish his One Man Party Dictatorship and Rule Zambia forever.The Petition and the Petitioners and their UPND Party will be crushed into oblivion. Lungu thinks that AU and the Docile SADC will just watch while he is implementing his project.Lungu does not care what the International Community thinks or does about Zambia.

    April 25, 2017 at 5:35 am

  7. Drug dealers should shut up

    April 25, 2017 at 6:48 am

  8. VJ is the only father of the nation remaining..we love you VJ..KK and RB are selfish and not good guys..

    April 25, 2017 at 7:59 am

  9. I ve observed Lungu for a long time he means business is capable to crush any body standing on his way in name of retaining power. If u
    remember Amos said Lungu invited V. J to confirm the report. JV made a mistake to accept the invitation

    April 25, 2017 at 8:00 am

  10. VJ has not said anything of substance. He is still pussy footing around the so called discussions. Tell us the exact substance of your discussions. Knowing politicians, it was all about him getting a job. Watch this space.

    April 25, 2017 at 8:59 am

  11. Stop bringing these old men to solve the problems of the young today. When are we going to stand up and be counted. Why should you be a ‘future leader’ only when you are over 40 or 50.

    April 25, 2017 at 9:01 am

  12. There has been genuine concern over the silence from VJ since his unceremonious exit from the MMD, suffice it to state that he has a constitutional right to do or belong to any political persuasion of his choice.
    VJ has made an enormous contribution to this country,spanning an illustrious career in the diplomatic and political circles.
    It is befitting that he recognises his own statesmanship and stewardship in matters of sovereign interest, in a sincere manner shown here.
    Let him not look over his shoulders to see who else is listening, not many people would be interested to know the finer details of the meeting he had with the Head of State, the bottom line is that the meeting took place.
    We now await a positive affirmation, an effort that will mend the broken bridges along the highway to reconciliation in the nation.
    Well done.

    Charles Wa Nyanoka
    April 25, 2017 at 10:16 am

  13. In the interest of the Nation and in VJ’s interest, VJ should disclose what he told Lungu becoz Lungu will soon twist the facts and say VJ agrees with his Strategy. To preempt this VJ should tell the Nation what his views are. Lungu’s stance is that he won the Election and is the Legitimate President in State House.Lungu’s official position is that there is no Election Petition and the Petitioners and their Supporters should recognize him as President or else he will crush them and banish the Petitioners in jail. The Petitioners are saying that they have a Constitutional Right to be heard in Court and that Concourt did not hear the Petition and neither did Concourt declare Lungu the Winner of the Election and Duly Elected. As such the Petition is alive and remains to be heard in Court and there is no basis for Petitioners to recognize Lungu as President. Furthermore the Constitution does not require the Petitioners to recognize Lungu ,the accused, as President. The Petitioners insist that they won the Election outright but Lungu stole their victory. What are VJ’s views on this and what did he tell Lungu? The AU and SADC need to move quickly and mediate the Election Dispute b4 Zambia is plunged into a Civil War.Lungu’s strategy right now is to kill the Petition and the Petitioners or banish them in jail on trumped up Treason charges. Lungu has to be stopped b4 he plunges Zambia into a turmoil. AU and SADC where are while Zambia is on fire?

    April 25, 2017 at 11:47 am

    • There is no fire anywhere, if you are having a night mare just hurry to see a doctor!!
      You can never fail to see fire on Zambian streets when things have not gone their way, that is not yet the case.
      I have tried to hear pros and cons to the 2016 election debate, I still do not see the need for agitation and anger from the losers(why are the other parties that contested quiet?)
      Address your personal anger and move on

      Mwebantu ba Zambia
      April 25, 2017 at 12:42 pm

  14. Mr Zipponey we need the old even in the bible it is there, if we do away with the old we will be without wisdom, we may have knowledge as young men but we need someone to tel us a story, if we do away with the old like VJ we will perish .don`t think knowledge can beat wisdom.VJ has spoken his mind i think he is free in his mind.GOD bless Zambia.

    man of GOD
    April 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm

  15. Should have learned from the last time he was fired that there is always a Shu shu shu to record what he says in another country.He was called so that the could play the recording of his speech.There is nothing like information or rumours,they played the tape for him.’Dont you watch movies”…..Its time to repent and show love to one another.

    April 25, 2017 at 5:40 pm

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