By Sakwiba Sikota SC
The Lusaka Times has reported in a statement released by party Spokesman Charles Kakoma, the United Party for National Development is requesting that Scotland Yard or any other reputable organisation investigate the chemicals that were used to teargas Mr Hichilema’s home, bedroom and safe room.
Spokesman Kakoma said Mr Hichilema’s condition is deteriorating and must be investigated immediately. Mr Hichilema is held at Lilayi Police Training Camp on treason charges.
Mrs. Mutinta Hichilema said she found her husband in a worse condition than he was before the raid at their home.
Mr Kakoma agreed with her and said “As UPND, we demand that Mr Hichilema should be subjected to rigorous medical tests and treatment by independent doctors who are free from government interference. We also wish to request the international community and human rights organisations to intervene in this matter. In particular, we wish to ask Scotland Yard of the United Kingdom or any other reputable organisation to investigate the chemicals that were used to teargas Mr Hichilema’s bedroom,” he said.
Zambia is recently very much in the news since the raid. One wonders whether with all the Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea in Donald Trump’s focus, he has had time to pay attention to the Zambian drama.
We have,however, heard that President Trump is close to Mr. Hichilema and the two mega businessmen have a lot in common and probably think alike.
Opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has claimed that he is talking to US President Donald Trump. Mr. Hichilema said, “I would not want to disclose so much but just know that we are talking to President Trump. Once he has settled down, he will deal with all these African dictators who are abusing human rights,.” Mr. Hichilema said this when he was addressing a media briefing at his residence in Lusaka on Monday, 3rd April 2017.
The UPND are sure that the State Police used some illegal toxic dangerous poisonous chemicals which they sprayed all over Hichilema’s home when they raided it and smoked him out of hiding and arrested him.
It is this clearly very toxic and dangerous illegal poisonous chemical which has affected Hichilema so quickly and severely.
This is why they are making the strong case for the international community to call for Hichilema to be examined by Scotland Yard and other experts like those who looked at the Syrian use of poisonous gas to examine Hichilema.
As Holy Week was approaching, in the last fortnight, the United States launched fifty-nine cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield because President Trump was morally repulsed and indignant at the use of poison gas by Syria.
Trump maintains that the gas was deployed intentionally by President Assad on his own citizens. An act so repellant and so against international moral norms that the civilized world and the United States had to use its force.
Whatever was sprayed at Hichilema’s home was exposed to all the occupants like the workers, his wife, and children who were with him when he was gassed by the poisonous illegal chemicals that have affected him so severely.
His wife even fainted twice and so she was more exposed to the gas than he was.
What made matters worse is that one of his children who was exposed to the gas is even asthmatic and therefore more affected by the gas than him.
What made Hakainde’s close friend Donald Trump to decide to bomb Syria is when he saw pictures of the women and children affected by the poisonous illegal gas.
It is not that HH’s workers’ wife and children are immune to the poisonous illegal chemical gas that has so severely affected Hichilema that we are not being bombed like Syria.
The only reason we have not been bombed by the United States President who is Hakainde’s very good friend, and probably the last person Trump tweets each night or early morning, is because UPND have shown great restraint and not exposed all those people affected by the potent poisonous gas that must have equally affected all those around HH in the same way it has devastated him.
I pray that Kakoma and the UPND continue to show this restraint and do not show Trump pictures of HH’s children.