UNITED STATES REMAINS CONCERNED OVER HEIGHTENED POLITICAL TENSION.
The U.S. Embassy remains concerned over heightened political tension in Zambia, specifically noting the April 10 police raid of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s Lusaka residence and his subsequent arrest for treason.
Recent events underscore the need for peaceful dialogue between the opposition and ruling party on matters of national concern.
The U.S. government urges all actors to exercise restraint in addressing differences, to respect the rule of law and electoral proceedings, and to follow the due process Zambians expect from a country with a reputation for political pluralism and peaceful conflict resolution.
STATEMENT BY EU SPOKESPERSON ON POLITICAL TENSIONS IN ZAMBIA
Political tensions in Zambia have increased over past weeks and in particular with the events surrounding the arrest of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema in recent days.
Calm and to refrain from any actions and rhetoric likely to aggravate the situation are much needed.
The Zambian people expect all parties to engage in dialogue to contribute to a peaceful and democratic society and to respect the rule of law.
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OBASANJO APPEALS TO ZAMBIAN GOVERNNENT TO FOLLOW RULE OF LAW IN DEALING WITH OPPOSITION
Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has appealed to the government of Zambia to adhere to the rule of law and human rights principles in dealing with the opposition in the Southern African country of Zambia.
The appeal is coming on the heels of the report, which broke early today that the house of the main opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, was allegedly broken into by the government police and other para-military agencies with the purpose of arresting him without any warrant.
Obasanjo, in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi,on Tuesday said it was in the best interest of the country to maintain the rule of law and human rights principles, which are recipe for peace, stability and development not only in the Southern African country, but the entire African continent.
According to Obasanjo: “Early this morning, the news broke that the Zambian government police and other para-military agencies broke into the house of the opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, to effect his arrest without any warrant.” (Daily Trust Nigeria)