PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Kaizar Zulu feels his life is in danger because he is a stumbling block to some politicians’ ambition of ascending to power.
He also denies having ever disrespected President Edgar Lungu.
Zulu says much as he owns guns, he has never used them against innocent citizens.
On Wednesday, The Mast reported that Zulu calls President Lungu as boi (chap) and that his word at State House carried more weight than that of the President.
The story was quoting State House sources, who requested for anonymity.
Zulu’s work under the Lungu’s presidency continues to be scandal-ridden.
In an effort to sanitise himself on Wednesday evening, Zulu featured on Diamond TV’s COSTA programme hosted by Costa Mwansa.
Mwansa displayed The Mast for that day bearing the lead story ‘KAIZAR CALLS LUNGU ‘BOI’… at State House, his word is final – sources.
He asked if Zulu disrespected his boss.
“To the contrary, Costa. First, looking at that headline, it’s laughable. Who does that or who could do it? Certainly, one person I could call boi, if at all he was president, that could be probably Chilufya Tayali because at times I refer to him as mwaice (young man),” Zulu said.
“Never at one point would I disrespect the President because he is my appointing authority and I don’t take my job for jokes. Under president Sata, he was my traditional cousin; I served him at State House twice, first as a chief political analyst and later as his permanent secretary.”
He said no one could accuse him of having ever disrespected even president Michael Sata.
“[If he] threw a joke at me I would respond with a joke, being his traditional cousin. It is normal, it can happen but all I would say [is] ‘I have heard you, Your Excellency.’ That is the nature I carry forward,” Zulu ‘clarified’.
“I don’t take the opportunity to serve in the highest office for granted. Who is Kaizar Zulu, anyway? He is just one human being among the 17 million Zambians. It is a privilege – I take it seriously and I don’t joke with it.”
Asked why his name is continuously in the limelight, for wrong reasons, Zulu responded with a question.
“Have you ever seen a dog barking at a stationary vehicle or do you see monkeys trying to pluck something that they cannot eat? Certainly those who are outside (in the opposition) have got their tentacles everywhere to try and tarnish the image,” he said.
“The point that should be put into context is that when a strong man is standing and he’s got his roots around him, to bring down such a man you need to first start targeting the roots. It’s like a tree; when you cut the stem, it will grow because it’s feeding from the soil. But when you cut the roots, then the tree will fall. Therefore, it is inconceivable that I will be willing to have these legs cut and let the opposition take over from President Lungu.”
Asked if there was a campaign to tarnish the presidency through him, Zulu said: “certainly.”
“If Kaizar Zulu left today, do you think if another strong man was in they will let that strong man?” he wondered.
About the road accident that he recently caused, against a school bus with pupils on board, in Lusaka’s Ibex Hill area, Zulu indicated that he was a parent.
“I have children and they are driven to school at the same time as those kids were being driven to school. Which parent would want to kill another man’s children?” he said, further dismissing public assertions that he brandished a gun at the accident scene.
“There were more than 40 people on the scene. Smart phones are now in each and every one’s hands; at least one would have captured a picture of me, either manhandling the driver [of the school bus] or indeed beating him up.”
He added that he was waiting on the police to do a conclusive investigation about the road accident and: “probably issue a statement, since they had done a statement when the accident happened.”
“I feel so bad that a careless driver, unlicenced put the lives of those children in harm’s-way,” Zulu said.
“I found that the driver’s licence that was hanging in the bus belonged to someone else, the person who claimed to be the owner of the bus isn’t the owner.”
Zulu further said “our” independent investigations have revealed that the name of the school bus driver that was mentioned in the police statement was a wrong one.
“When we went back to the [accident] scene to verify as to what exactly had happened, another driver showed up. I’m waiting for them (police) to do the correct thing!” Zulu said and responded negatively when asked if he was intimidating the police.
“I’m a Zambian, just like any other Zambian. We are equal before the law; I also expect the law to treat me fairly.”
On allegations that he stormed a farm in Mikango Barracks area in Lusaka, harassed its inhabitants, burnt their structures and destroyed their crops – claiming they were illegally occupying his land – Zulu showed the interviewer his title deeds for the concerned piece of land.
He, however, denied allegations of terrorising residents on the said farm.
Zulu challenged the alleged owner of the plot, a Mr Phiri, to produce a title deed for that piece of land.
“He should also show cause why he decided to fence-off my property. Who gave him the right?” Zulu said.
On whether or not he was competent to be the presidential advisor, Zulu answered that: “talking about my competence…If at all anyone wants to talk about my competence, ask those that have lost power before and those that have tried to win an election.”
“The competence about me, not necessarily advising the President, in my opinion, supersedes me. From 2011 I was at the core of elections to unseat the then ruling party. The most difficult election I have participated [in] is the 2015 when we lost the president (Sata) in 2014,” he said.
“It was an election that was clearly tilting the other way because the other player had been on the scene for some time campaigning year-in year-out. But we carried the day; it was not just my making. I say thank you to the Zambian people who responded positively.”
Asked again why only his name, among the five presidential aides, was always linked to impropriety, Zulu pointed out that it was so because he was attached to politics.
“The next insult you will hear that is directed at President Lungu is that he doesn’t want to fire me and that will be [because] Hakainde has said so or Chishimba Kambwili has said so. Why not ordinary Zambians?” Zulu asked.
He was then asked if he was the chief middleman of State House and he responded that: “I’m not in charge of economics, to start with.”
“I’m not a dealer, either. Outside State House I’m a businessman. Let one man adduce evidence that my company has got one business with the government. I can simply declare interest…” Zulu noted.
“Let those who accuse me adduce evidence. Simple! When you say ‘this man is corrupt,’ adduce the evidence that supports your allegation.”
He further praised himself as a workaholic.
“Kaizar has got no limit to working; he sleeps two, three hours a day. That is the Kaizar I know and I wish the Zambians should know. He has a family, too. I’m a public office [holder] but my family is private.”
Asked whether or not he owned guns, Zulu answered: “yes, I do” but quickly refused having ever fired a gun at an innocent person.
Asked if his life was under threat or if it was him with his guns who was putting the lives of innocent citizens at risk, Zulu said: “It is actually my life that is under threat.”
“When you manage an election and it is successful, to your credit, and other people as a unit, who would want to see you alive? You are a stumbling block to them ascending to power!” Zulu explained.
He also indicated that when the PF was in the opposition, it conducted tactful politics while today’s opposition “wants to wake up today and demonstrate tomorrow.”
“We were subjecting ourselves to the public order Act. That is the tact we had. Did we appear on ZNBC? No! Could we go to any radio station and broadcast live? No!” Zulu said, adding that law and order must be maintained in the country now.
“You can’t allow anarchy to take root.”
Zulu also claimed that the UPND was a violent political party while: “the PF is not a violent party.”
Asked if all the damning accusations against him were groundless, he responded that: “if Kaizar Zulu is such scandalous, there are laws in this country.”
“Kaizar Zulu is not the law. He is before the law. If anyone accuses him…” he said Zulu, however, said when he sits and reflects, he realises that he is not a saint.
“I’m not the first political advisor [to the President] this country will ever have neither am I the last. I have a conscience; I say sorry when I know I’m wrong,” Zulu noted.
“[But] I stand my ground when I know this allegation is false and therefore it deserves to be dismissed with contempt. I need also to look at my children’s and my family’s future. I want to be remembered and not to be insulted, even in my death.”
On anything that makes him feel remorseful to Zambians for his conduct, Zulu answered that it was: “the purpose of those that wish I should be remorseful and leave my President naked.”
“When there is no rain, others even mention [that] Kaizar Zulu should do something. When there is load-shedding, they say Kaizar Zulu should do something. What am I supposed to do?” he wondered.
“I want the Zambian people to know that Kaizar Zulu is a human being; he is not an animal. He smiles a lot and the smiles are not fake – they come from his heart [and] not from his mind. I joke a lot and the jokes are not from his head but from his heart. Certainly, I don’t abuse the power that is bestowed upon me. If I did, probably I could have been appearing before the courts of law.”
He concluded by saying he had the same blood that flows in other Zambians’ veins.
“When I’m pricked, I feel pain and I cry,” said Zulu.