Efforts by Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu to reach out to opposition leaders in South Africa “to understand their concerns about Zambia” were slapped down by the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
The Zambian High Commission in Pretoria said Lungu “summoned” the leaders of the two parties for a meeting after they made “remarks against Zambia”.
In a fashion consisted with the often arrest, detention, torture and later release of Barotse independence activists on Nolle prosequi, Zambia's main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema accused of plotting to overthrow the government, was freed by the judge yesterday after the state prosecutor dropped the charges.
In their continued clamp down on citizens' human rights, Zambia state police have arrested a vocal opposition leader for allegedly defaming Africa’s newest Dictator, Edgar Chagwa Lungu of Zambia who declared a state of emergency last month to rule by decree.
While addressing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party supporters during the EFF’s fourth anniversary celebrations in Curries Fountain, Durban, South Africa yesterday, leader Julius Malema unequivocally called Zambian president Edgar Lungu a coward who arrests his political opponents.
When the Barotse complained and cried about the apparent suspension and blatant violation of their basic human rights such as freedom of speech, expression, conscience and assembly under successive Zambian regimes, more especially under the current Edgar Lungu led government, many Zambians laughed and mocked that the Lozi ‘secessionists’ deserved to be treated with such heavy handedness.
Freedom fighter and Politician Vernon Johnson Mwaanga has said Africa as a continent has been through difficult and disappointing phases of failed states, military coups, one man dictatorships, wars and conflicts, downright economic mismanagement, corruption, abrogation of press and individual freedoms which have made it impossible for the African people to get out of their cycle of poverty.