Zambia’s Former Ambassador to the US Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika has appealed to the government to allow its citizens to freely express themselves.
Dr Mbikusita-Lewanika said the Zambian government should not close channels of fresh speech for its citizens.
She said those that are aggrieved about any issue of national importance should be allowed to freely themselves and that leaders should be in a position to listen.
Dr Mbikusita-Lewanika said stifling free speech might force citizens to use illegal means to express themselves.
Dr Mbikusita-Lewanika who also served as Zambia’s Ambassador to the European Union was speaking on Tuesday when she featured on Radio Phoenix’s Let the People Talk radio programme.
And Dr Mbikusita-Lewanika has warned that Zambia risks losing its heritage if the indiscriminate selling of land does not stop.
She warned that the future generation will be left with nothing if the current leadership does not desist from cheaply selling off huge parcels of land.
Dr Mbikusita-Lewanika also condemned the selling of the Black Mountain in Kitwe’s Wusakile Township saying the decision is not in the best interest of the local people.
She suggested that the Black Mountain could have been preserved as a national heritage site to show the environmental damage that mining in Wusakile caused to the local people.
Meanwhile, Dr Mbikusita-Lewanika said the coming in of Donald Trump to the White House is a challenge for the African continent.
She said President Trump has already demonstrated that his administration will not priority Africa in its agenda hence the need for the Africans themselves to own their development process.
Dr Mbikusita-Lewanika also appealed to Zambians who benefitted from Government free education policy to find ways of paying back to the country.