“….IT IS NOT ABOUT DEMOCRACY BUT TYCOONS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO FURTHER ENRICH THEMSELVES”
By Cephas Mushanga
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…. has been the scream of UPND sympathetic media carriers.
It is well known that HH has the funding of Anglo America, however, what people may not know is that in October 2014 a Brenthurst Conspiracy was hatched, this conspiracy was a conglomerate of mining businessmen who wanted to rid off President Edgar Lungu and usher in fellow businessman Hakainde Hichilema.
Attendees at the meetings included Jonathan Oppenheimer, nephew of the founder of Anglo American, Greg Mills, director of Brenthurst Foundation, Moses Khanyile, member of the Board of Armscor, and Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria.
The agreement was to have Hichilema reduce mining royalties for foreign companies at the expense of the Zambians.
Photo evidence can prove that Hichilema has been dealing with these businessmen and was ready to auction the Zambian mines to further enrich himself and his founders.
Hichilema on several occasions was flown to Oppenheimer family’s luxurious Tswalu game reserve in the Northern Cape, South Africa. In a series of meetings run by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (who also chairs Brenthurst Foundation), sought to bring together a secret alliance of Hichilema and Rupiah Banda to ensure President Edgar Lungu did not win the elections.
However former president Banda refused to take part in the conspiracy but Oppenheimer family and their partners pledged to support Hichilema in his bid for presidency.
Hichilema has always upheld the interests of foreign corporations at the expense of the people of Zambia and it is this link that businessmen like Obasanjo want to exploit.
So it should not surprise Zambians that Obasanjo is quick to want to fan lawlessness that has been exhibited by his potential partner Hakainde Hichilema.
It would be also important to point out that the integrity of Obasanjo has a few question marks as he never supported the democratic election of Muhammad Buhari or Goodluck Jonathan yet he wants to speak about Zambia’s democracy.
The will of the people supersedes financial pockets and has been proved when President Lungu, Buhari and Jonathan ‘walloped’ the brief case carrying politicians.
However, we know businessmen cannot accept a loss they are looking for ways to make a profit and that is why it should not surprise you to see that Mr Obasanjo would rather promote lawlessness in Zambia.