Zambia: Govt Cuts Former President Lungu’s Retirement Benefits

The Zambian government withdrew retirement benefits and privileges from former President Edgar Lungu after his decision to return to active politics, according to BBC.

The former leader was notified about the immediate withdrawal of his retirement benefits and privileges, according to government spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa.

In 2021, Lungu retired from the political arena after a resounding loss in a presidential election. Having served for six years, his tenure left the nation with substantial debt and a fragile economy.

His retirement also led to the leadership wrangle within the Patriotic Front ( PF) party, which ended up in court.

Lungu’s Saturday jogs with members of the public and PF supporters was also attracting attention, and subsequently the former leader of the ruling party was told to seek police approval for future jogging events.

Lungu’s choice to re-enter the political arena has laid the groundwork for a potential clash in the upcoming 2026 presidential race. The law says that when former presidents go back into politics, they have to give up their retirement benefits – a regulation that Lungu is now bound by, reports BNN Network.

As a retired president, he was reportedly entitled to three security officers, a diplomatic passport, three state cars, a furnished house, medical insurance and funeral expenses on his death. He also enjoyed immunity from prosecution.

Upon re-entering politics, Lungu will reportedly be treated like any other senior citizen of the country, divested of the privileges associated with his prior status. Despite Lungu’s claims of being singled out for victimization and concerns about threats to his safety, the government asserts that he is entitled to the same level of security as any other citizen.