“President Lungu first ran for the presidency under the Constitution of 1996 in 2015 and that was a full term which terminated in 2016.
That which was a presidential term under Constitution 1996 is still a term under the Constitution of 2016.
Constitution 2016 cannot retroactively cancel that which was regarded as a presidential term under Constitution 1996.
Constitution 2016 does not automatically make Mr. Rupiah Banda eligible to two more presidential terms, just as it does not make Mr. Edgar Lungu eligible to run again in 2021.
If we followed the logic that the Constitution 2016 retroactively makes Mr. Lungu eligible, we would have no law and certainly no constitution.
It would mean that any president can then each year push through constitutional amendments that make them start afresh and remain in power indefinitely.
President Lungu assumed his first presidential term under a constitution that stated clearly that he could only run one more time and not two more times. He knew what he was getting himself into.
He should not be misled by “amanone” of the presidential Mercedese Benz.
In 2021, His Excellency must vacate the office and respect the Constitution of 1996 under whose wings he first flew to Nkwazi House.”