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Zambia former President Edgar Lungu banned from jogging

Zambia’s former President Edgar Lungu has been warned against jogging in public, as police describe his weekly workouts as “political activism”.

His Saturday runs with ordinary members of the public and supporters of his Patriotic Front (PF) party have been attracting a lot of attention.

Mr Lungu has been told to seek police approval for future jogging events.

The police order comes amid speculation that he will make a bid for the presidency in 2026.

A police statement said that the PF’s failure to alert them of “public gatherings or demonstrations… amounts to a breach of the law. This is to ensure public safety.”

It added that a “procession of a former head of state should be done with his security detail and devoid of political activism”.

But the former president’s lawyer Makebu Zulu told the BBC that he would continue with his jogging without notifying the police.

Mr Zulu threatened to take legal action against the government if the former president, 66, was blocked from working out on Saturdays.

“Mr Lungu has been jogging since time immemorial and his motivation has never been to contravene the law,” Mr Zulu said.

This is the latest apparent restriction on the former leader’s activities, who served as president from 2015 to 2021.

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Robert Ngwira
Robert Ngwira
Attended Our Future Private Secondary School in Rumphi from 2006-2009 Holder of Diploma in Journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) Hobbies, reading newspapers, going out with friends, listening to radio and watching football. Email: info@faceofmalawi.com

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