Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says he sees the gap between President Edgar Lungu and incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema narrowing.
General Obasanjo said Mr Hichilema is likely to soon put aside the differences that arose after last August’s elections and move forward.
He was speaking during a news briefing at State House on Saturday evening after returning from Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison in Kabwe where he visited Mr Hichilema.
Earlier, General Obasanjo met President Lungu to report back on his trip to Mukobeko after he was allowed to take the trip by President Lungu.
“I see that the gap between the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and His Excellency the President is narrowing and I think that we can move the country forward and put the issues of 2016 behind us. As an elderly African statesman, I remain fully committed to ensuring that peace and stability is in progress and continue to exist, not just in Zambia but in all the 53 countries in Africa, General Obasanjo said.
General Obasanjo also thanked President Lungu for facilitating his visit to Mukobeko.
“I am happy that His Excellency allowed me to visit and I had a two-hour discussion with the opposition leader. I brought into his attention various issues regarding the need to uphold peace, unity and stability of the country. I get an impression from the opposition leader that 2016 is no longer an issue but about what happens in the future and how can we do things better,” General Obasanjo said.
The Former Nigerian President further said that Mr. Hichilema must accept the August 2016 results and recognise President Lungu as the elected Head of State.
General Obasanjo noted that no country can have two Presidents at a time saying the differences between the two leaders (Hichilema and President Lungu) can be resolved.
He also stated that he has been observing development in Zambia, a country he claims is dear to him.
General Obasanjo further expressed unhappiness over the Mongu motorcade incident saying the actions of Mr. Hichilema were over board.
“I have looked at some of the videos regarding presidential motorcade and that of the opposition leader – are quite overboard. I think it should not be like that.”