The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has described as childish political propaganda the move by South African opposition leader to come to Zambia even after being advised not to do so by the Zambian High Commissioner due to the nature of the matters he wanted to address are in the courts which would have been contemptuous.
Commenting on the much publicised denial of entry into the country by Zambian government of Democratic Alliance (DA) Musi Maimane, MMD National Secretary Raphael Nakacinda said it was childish and nonsensical for Mr Maimane to try and do his cheap politics in a foreign country.
He said it was unprecedented for an opposition leader to attempt to get into another country disregarding all diplomatic channels through which they can express themselves and that his actions should be condemned with the contempt it deserves.
“First of all we take great exceptions to that conduct in the sense that it will be the first time and unprecedented to witness an opposition leader attempting to get into another country disregarding all diplomatic channels through which they can express themselves if they have any issue they would want to communicate but deciding to move from their respective countries and to come to another country wanting to politic here I think that is unacceptable and it should be condemned with the contempt it deserves.
“Who is this Maimane? He is of no consequence, a boy being used by an assembly of imperialists so called DA.
“I think the DA leader is behaving in a childish manner. That is childish political propaganda our position as MMD is that the government was in order to stop an attempt by friends of the UPND and indeed agents of imperialist who are being sent here to try and create an impression that there is something wrong in Zambia,” said Mr Nakacinda.
He noted that the UPND leader who Mr Maimane wanted to come and offer solidarity with was arrested on an allegation and has not been denied access to justice by fair hearing in the judiciary hence the need for the opposition leader to respect the sovereignty and judicial process of Zambia.
He advised the UPND and their lawyers to sharpen their skills in applying themselves as opposed to raising unnecessary motions thereby prolonging the process.
“Looking at the way things are going the UPND have been going to court on every day basis and making all kinds of applications, there lawyers are making all kinds of applications which is delaying the court process and indirectly punishing their client HH.
“Our view is that they should sharpen their skill and get their act together in terms of applying themselves in court so that they can have this matter come to a conclusion and let ultimately the law determine the fate of HH and not the cheap propaganda being advocated for,” he said.
He also described people condemning the government for not allowing Mr Maimane in the country as agents of imperialist.
“Those who do not want to respect the sovereignty of our land and also not respect the standard practice of respecting treaties, regional and international standards in trying to do things are meant to appease their sponsors.
“This Maimane for example is just an agent of imperialists, he is leading a political party that is more or less responsible for atrocities that Africans suffered for over a hundred years. I think it is important that we put that on record we don’t want agents of imperialism to come here that they are advancing the cause on principle when they are advancing the cause of their sponsors,” he said.
There have been both local and international media reports, after immigration officials denied entry into the country the South African opposition leader Musi Maimane who wanted to attend the court session for fellow opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who is appearing in court on a treason charge.