STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu spent his New Yearâ€™s day giving gifts to the under-privileged old people of Matero and orphans at Kasisi orphanage.
In Matero, the residents were awestruck upon seeing the presidential motorcade drive through the densely populated township.
â€œThese are blessings! (President) Lungu has visited us on New Yearâ€™s day! We are blessed!â€ shouted one man.
People jostled to get a glimpse of President Lungu, who, in turn, waved the Patriotic Front (PF) party symbol.
Women, some with babies strapped to their backs, young men and children ran alongside the motorcade chanting PF slogans.
At Matero After-Care Centre, President Lungu received a thunderous welcome with security detail having to up their protection of the head of state.
â€œLungu! Lungu! Lungu!â€ people shouted.
President Lungu was received by Lusaka Province PF chairperson for women Maggie Mumba and Lusaka mayor George Nyendwa, among others.
He was at the centre to donate food, chitenge materials depicting the jubilee year, and other necessities to the aged.
President Lungu broke the odds and clad in one of the jubilee chitenges to start dancing with the aged before handing them gifts much to the amusement of the crowd.
â€œI am here to celebrate and share with you the little we have on this New Yearâ€™s day,â€ President Lungu said.
It is not only the aged that received the presidential gifts.
Five babies born yesterday at Chingwere Clinic also received hampers.
â€œI have come to share with you New Year gifts,â€ Mr Lungu told mothers of the day-old babies.
Orphans at the Kasisi Orphanage were not left out.
From Matero, the presidential motorcade drove to Kasisi Orphanage, only making a brief stop at Buseko Market to greet people who had lined up to have a glimpse of the President.
Children at Kasisi were equally excited by President Lunguâ€™s visit.
They sang songs for him.
In turn, President Lungu mesmerised the children by teaching them how to sing the national anthem correctly.
He sang with them and distributed sweets and various hampers.
And 90-year-old nun Yolanta Bajac, who has served for 75 years, requested that President Lungu takes the 91-year-old Dr Kenneth Kaunda to the orphanage because she has fond memories of the first president.
Sister Yolanta, who is of Polish origin, made President Lungu laugh when she said in Bemba that her mother was Bemba while her father was Ngoni.
President Lungu assured her that he would facilitate the visit of Dr Kaunda to the orphanage.
STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka