Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has urged opposition United Party for National Development ( UPND ) leader Hakainde Hichilema to positively use his time in South Africa instead of spreading falsehood and consequently tarnishing the image of Zambia.
Mr. Mwamba says the recent claims by the UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema that Zambia was facing a break down in the rule of law are all lies and based on total fabrications.
He explains that Mr. Hichilema’s recent release from prison together with his co-accused was a demonstration of Zambia’s entrenched rule of law and a tested democracy.
He adds that the recent acquittals of UPND’s Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and the other UPND senior member Obvious Mwaliteta also demonstrate that the independence of the judiciary.
Reacting to Mr. Hichilema’s statements that Zambia’s 2016 general elections remain disputed, Mr. Mwamba clarified that President Edger Lungu won the 2016 elections with clear margin of over one hundred thousand votes representing a percentage of 50.35 contrary to Mr. Hichilema’s claim.
He added that the election of President Edger Lungu in 2016 was pronounced and determined as credible by reputable local and international observers thereby making Mr. Hichilema’s claims unfounded.
Mr. Mwamba has further refuted Mr. Hichilema’s claim that there was no media freedom in Zambia.
“There is a diversified and independent media with over 85 radio stations and 15 television stations including 10 newspaper firms operating freely in Zambia,” he explained.
He added that the suspension of two radio stations Komboni Radio and Itezhi-Tezhi FM and Muvi TV could not be used to justify claims as the named stations were suspended and found liable for using and promoting hate speech.
The Zambian Envoy has also described Mr. Hichilema’s claims that the Zambian Parliament was raided by Police as a fabrication stating that no such incident has ever happened in Zambia.
Mr. Mwamba explained that Zambian nationals who travel abroad are expected to honour their solemn duty and responsibility to the country and not speak ill of the country.
He urged Mr. Hichilema to help promote peace, unity and contribute towards Zambia’s development.
The UPND President is currently in South Africa where he is reported having held a joint press conference with South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane in Cape Town.
Mr. Hichilema is reported having stated that there was break down of the rule of law in Zambia, no media freedom in Zambia, the Zambian parliament was raided by police and the President Edger Lungu’s election remains disputed.
This is contained in a press statement made available to ZANIS by First Secretary Press and Public Relations at Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa, Mrs. Naomi Nyawali.