South Africa’s opposition Economic Freedom Fighters has strongly condemned the arrest of Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.
EFF National Spokesman Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi said in a statement that political intolerance often reflects political parties that are terrified of political contestation.
“The EFF condemns the arrest of Mr. Hichilema in strongest possible terms, particularly when such is political arrest and intolerance,” Mr Ndlozi said.
He said, “Despite Mr. Hichilema’s neo-liberal ideas that will not lead to much needed transformation of social circumstances and economic emancipation in Zambia, there is no need to arrest him.”
“The people of Zambia, through peaceful elections chose President Edgar Lungu, whom through political tolerance and harmonious contestation of ideas was able to lead an effective campaign. There is no reason enough that should lead to political intolerance, violence and arrest of those that we disagree with, despite opposing political views.”
Mr Ndlozi said the EFF will never tolerate political arrest and intolerance anywhere in the world, regardless of opposing views, particularly opposing views of political orientation.
“And we believe President Lungu had made progressive and admirable decisions to work with members of opposition party when elected in office to transform social circumstances and economic emancipation of people of Zambia, which makes the arrest of opposition leaders unreasonable, reckless and regrettable,” Mr. Ndlozi said.