EFF Spokesman Mbuyiseni Quinton Ndlozi
EFF Spokesman Mbuyiseni Quinton Ndlozi

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.

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    • When Mumbi Phiri, Kennedy Kamba, Davies Chama, and many others in PF obey the rule of law then come back and comment. Secondly, what law did Hichilema break?????

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    • THis is a JOKE of a party in SA

      Ignore them, they are equivalent to Saviour Chishimba’s party.

      This is a worthless statement

      Thanks

      BB2014,16

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    • @MM731: Which law did hungry hyena break?? If you know where the Magistrates Court is in Lusaka, go there and ask for the records of the events that took place yesterday 18th April 2017. Key word: Hichilema. THEY WILL BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU, INTERESTED CITIZEN!!

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    • WHAT IS THIS ANIMAL EFF? YOUNG MAN ZAMBIA HAS LAWS TO BE OBEYED REGARDLESS OF YOUR STATUS IN SOCIETY HH INCLUDED.

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    • Thank you EFT. Let SADC put armies together and get ready to defend democracy. Lungu will not make Zambia into Zimbabwe. Even in Zimbabwe Morgan was never raided like the way HH was. That was robbery by the PF thugs and criminals in police uniform. Its something that no one should support especially Lungu. Which police in the world steal food, money and urinate on a person’s bed. Arrest people who comply with the law at midnight. Teargas children and a wife in a house. This was clearly a plot to take HH’s life as the truth continues to haunt the illgitmacy of his presidency. A real man will go to court and defend his record through the truth not using thugs and criminals. Trouble will follow Lungu. This is just the beginning

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    • Julius Malema has grown very thin, he has AIDS. He is also gay.
      (A TYPICAL PF SUNDAY CHANDA/FRANK BWALYA RESPONSE)

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    • If you read carefully EFF does not support UPND and HH policies. They know that UPND is bent on capitalistic tendencies. There only concern is arresting opposing views. Yes agreed there is no need to do that. However what EFF has missed is that this arrest was not done without reason. The guy messed up and HH has continues to mess up ever since he lost the election. Unreasonableness comes in when there was no cause to arrest HH.

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  1. What does EFF understand about rule of law?? They are the architects of violence in the South African parliament. Their leader Julius Malema is on record of attacking Ian Khama and Botswana’s soverignity!! PATHETIC CREATURES.

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  2. These EFF guys are beaten daily in parliament and usually chased out due to misbehaving. What kind of lecture can any sane person get from such a group of hooligans. Zuma has committed more serious atrocities under their noses yet they have failed to remove him. Police who killed manners at Marikana platinum mines in rusterngurg are still serving, Guptas are even producing armard vehicles after capturing their government and no one has a say. Guptas landed at their mllitary base at watercloof, no one has a say, as we speak, Zuma was made to reshuffle cabinet midnight by the Guptas just to have their filthy hands on the treasury, no one has a say, now they push their silly noses into how not confused as theirs, governance system. I will ensure I get these information through to ANC…

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  3. These EFF guys are beaten daily in parliament and usually chased out due to misbehaving. What kind of lecture can any sane person get from such a group of hooligans. Zuma has committed more serious atrocities under their noses yet they have failed to remove him. Police who killed minners at Marikana platinum mines in rusterngurg are still serving, Guptas are even producing armard military vehicles after capturing their government and no one has a say. Guptas landed at their mllitary base at watercloof, no one has a say, as we speak, Zuma was made to reshuffle cabinet midnight by the Guptas just to have their filthy hands on the treasury, no one has a say, now they push their silly noses into our not so confused as theirs, governance system. I will ensure I get these information through…

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  4. Just campaign to block PF leaders from going to RSA for treatment, and Lungu and his thugs need condemnation by peace loving people who respect demacracy

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  5. Kiki it is very funny that just weeks ago pf thugs week supporting this movement in South Africa. Now that this movement has offered an objective view on lungus dictatorship they have become evil and useless in the eyes of pf thugs. By the end of this year pf will be condemned by the whole world and they will still think they are right. Ala power which you have not rightfully won is sweet ayi.

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    • “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.

      “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,

      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.”

      Even the EFF know HH is not the answer

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  6. Zambian citizen would you be happy if someone call your father a hyena? check your language, bwana… Are you a Christian? at least in life you learn to fear GOD and learn to speak kind words to your enemy

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    • The God who has instructed us to respect authority. right?? You, sir, should have been advising hungr…excuse me…hh to fear God and follow what he teaches us!! If he feared God, he wouldn’t be in prison today. Please forgive my language, but i hope you understand the point I am trying to get across.

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  7. Zambia has laws to be obeyed and not to be abused and PF is abusing the law. HH was arrested as a result of what Mumbi Phiri said. There is no professionalism in the entire act and it’s mud with irregularities. Does being overtaken amount to treason? For Edgar shud fire the IG if this issue was not staged. #Godpunishthedevil

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  8. Thank you EFT and South Africa. This is clearly a case of abuse of power and human rights. Lungu has put himself on the spotlight. He thinks his two expired friends M7 and Mugabe will help him continue this kind of behaviour. This is Zambia. A land overseen the might Jesus. He who suppresses his people will not escape the wrath of God. Lungu time is coming and unlike your expired friends you will have to leave office and now you are good candidate for ICC.

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  9. The best Lungu can do now is leave that position he never truly won and knows he cannot prove in court instead of trying to put the country on fire. He is scared of proving his legitmacy in court but opts to use thugs and criminals. I thought he was a lawyer or did he rig and bribe LAZ as well to become a lawyer.

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  10. “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.”

    Balanced views from hooligans of South African Parliament….at least they are more sensible than UPND goons….WELL THE REASON IS SIMPLE HH DOES NOT RECOGNIZE what you recognize that ECL is PRESIDENT…that is the reason for treason….ke ke ke ek ke nafwa ine!

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    • Comment:What maturity exhibited by EFF, even when they don’t agree with UPND’s HH manifesto there are able to show us political parallesim should be embraced. We’ve seen that EFF stays true to it’s ideals. bravo!!

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  11. I LIKE THIS DZLOZI GUYS, HE IS FLUENT AND LETS FACE IT, HE IS ONE OF THOSE GUYS THAT ARE JUST LIKABLE, PLUS HE HASN’T SAID ANYTHING BAD FROM WHAT I CAN READ, THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT HE AND HIS PARTY WAITED FOR TWO WRONGS, THEY COULD HAVE ISSUED A STATEMENT CONDEMNING HH’S UPND FOR THE INCIDENT IN MONGU AND THEN THIS STATEMENT WOULD HAVE MADE SENSE AS WE WOULD HAVE SEEN THEM AS NEUTRAL. THIS GOES TO ALL OTHER ORGANISATIONS AND STUPID EMBASSIES IN ZAMBIA THAT ARE BUSY CONDEMNING GOVERNMENT WHEN THE SAME PEOPLE CHOSE TO MUTE WHEN HH AND UPND WERE BEING RECKLESS . AS FOR CCZ AND NGOCC AND THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE CHIEFS, WE KNOW AS ZAMBIANS THAT EVEN IF EDGAR’S PF KILLED A TONGA SNAKE FOR WANTING TO BITE A PERSON, THEY WOULD SUPPORT THE SNAKE, THESE ARE THE MOST TRIBAL ORGANISATION THAT HAVE…

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  12. PF has become the most unpopular political party of THUGS in the world! FIFA/CAF saw the face of thechief thug, they dont need be lectured to !

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  13. PF has become the most unpopular political party of THUGS in the world! FIFA/CAF saw the face of the chief thug, they dont need be lectured to !

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  14. PLEASE PRESIDENT LUNGU SAID HE HAS POWERS TO PARDON A CRIMINAL AND NOT A SUSPECT HE CONTINUES FROM THERE TO SAY LET US ALL RESPECT THE RULE OF LAW TO TAKE IT CAUSE IN ALL MATTERS OF THE LAND IN MY VIEW HE MENT HH TO FINISH HIM SELF WITH THE LAW LUNG OUT

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  15. EFF? Who is that, another black donkey? Sorry sir, we have work to do, and we can only talk to His Excellency Jacob Zuma. Not these black donkeys seeking attention which they have failed to achieve in their country.

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  16. Why don’t Presidents ever think about their legacies? You would think after the bad legacies left by Chiluba and RB, ECL would be wanting to do better but no. Does he want to be remembered the same as those two? No one says anything good about both Chiluba or RB and soon we will be adding ECL’s name to the list. Zambians only seem to respect KK and Mwanawasa.

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  17. Maybe South Africa must stop people with diplomatic passports from that country entering South Africa. And we will see because we know some of them have constricting oesophaguses that need constant drenching at Morningside.

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  18. @Nez and other united dunderhead fleas, for your information some of us pro PF have always been against the likes of JM and the EFF holigans, Malema an unashamed supporter of a dictator like Mugabe should rather condemn what Mugabe has been doing in Zimbabwe where there has been real autocracy not here in Zambia! But the truth is Malema a Venda who are a subgroup of the Shona’s feels a kinship to a real dictator in the form of Mugabe. What nonsense this is!

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  19. A foreign opposition party is bound to support a fellow opposition party of another country. Does this really surprise anyone?

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  20. EFF, please finish what is on your plate before asking for more. You have your police and you are saying they should just aim at arresting others and NOT politicians? That would be selective and they would equally cry for fairness. The man is like you and feels the same pain.

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