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President Hichilema is showing traits of a dictator by using strong language against his predecessor – Kabimba

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Economic Front (EF) President Wynter Kabimba has accused President Hakainde Hichilema of showing traits of a dictator by using strong language against his predecessor Edgar Lungu.

During a UPND party meeting in Kitwe on Monday, President Hichilema said it was stupid “Ukutumpa” that Mr. Lungu and the PF wanted to retain power through violence and lies.

Featuring on Lusaka’s Pan African Radio, Mr. Kabimba, a veteran lawyer, said the culture of a sitting Head of State intimidating citizens should be condemned and discouraged.

He said President Hichilema should stop vilifying Mr. Lungu, who he said should be allowed to enjoy his rights and freedoms conferred on him by the Republican Constitution.

The former Justice Minister said the ‘Kutumpa uko’ words used by President Hichilema against Mr. Lungu in the Copperbelt Province have lowered the dignity of his office.

“What happened two, three days ago on the Copperbelt. The vulgar language uttered by HH against his predecessor in my view lowers the levels of maturity of that office. HH has lowered the levels of maturity of that office. He is coming across as a petty man; he is coming across as a confused man who doesn’t know which direction he wants to go. Is coming across as a vengeful person. is coming across as somebody who wants to be idolized and if you read the text or you listen to him for the first time he did not use the pronoun we, he was saying I, I will make sure that he (Edgar Lungu) does not come back to power. Who is he? Who is he to make that decision? Isn’t that what people were saying about him in PF? Were people not saying HH will never rule this country; we will make sure that he doesn’t but he became President. Didn’t he learn a lesson from that? Is that seat an inheritance from his father in Bweengwa? I thought that is a public seat,” Mr. Kabimba said.

He continued: “I can tell you myself that ECL has no intention of coming back to lead this country. But he has every right to live in this country and enjoy all the rights of any other citizen. That is the right he has and those rights are not conferred on him by HH, they are conferred on him by the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia. He has the right to and worship where he wants to worship. Those congregations that he joins have a right to ask him to say something as a citizen so to listen to a Head of State saying that I can’t be intimidated, who is intimidated by him? The only time when I listened to this language was during the Chiluba-Kaunda era.”

He said President Hichilema is being intimidated by his failure to improve people’s living standards.

“Who is intimidating him? What is intimidating him is the hunger of the Zambian people. The suffering that the Zambian people are going through, that is what is intimidating him. The failure for him to give Mopani Copper Mines employees jobs back as he promised. The failure by him to get KCM back on its knees so that the contractors who were supplying goods and services there can have a living. So that the miners are back in employment, that is why is intimidating him, not Lungu. So he is trying to divert the attention of his own failures by using ECL.Move away from that narrative that I am defending ECL. I am defending justice because if we allow HH to build this culture of intimidating others tomorrow it may be me. After all he has already warned me that go and tell that Wynter Kabimba so he is coming up like kama dictator to intimidate everybody,” Mr. Kabimba said.

16 COMMENTS

  1. There will never be peace between the 2 till lungu accepts and apologises for the cruelty he bestowed on HH and other opposition………..

    Acts like banning HH from attending the funeral of our founding father KK…………

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  2. We warned you that the one who cried foul and painted the other with the D word was actually projecting his own personality. We are seeing small glimpses of how dangerous 2H is and Zambians should not tolerate or entertain such. Politics is about service to the people not distraction of one another. He who rules by the bullet will also die by the bullet…remember that.

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    • Rubbish, HH merely said “That is foolish” and that makes him a tyrant, as compared to an animal that arrested him innumerable times, including on a fake death penalty case of treason. Lungu killed many people, he was a tyrant who ruled Zambia by terror. If the worst thing HH said about that tribalist murder is that he is foolish, he might as well be complimenting him. Lungu deserves to be in jail.

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  3. This Kabimba should stop his clowning about and just go back to PF because he never actually left when Lazy Lungu was busy using similar language against HH when he in State House why were you not equally vocal?

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  4. Please what is wrong with people and petty politics…there are more important things to discuss than a statement that was lost in translation? The economy, price of fuel, exchange rate, foreign investment, agriculture and mining. These are more important subjects Hon Kabimba.

  5. “I will arrest HH next week after I win-President Lungu”…Lusakatimes August 7, 2021
    We will never forget those public threats.
    ECL should keep that in mind.

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  6. Says hypocrite Kabinda who was fired by Michael Sata bcoz of his own dictatorship tendencies when he was drunken with power.

  7. From what can be seen in posts criticising Lungu isnt popular. HH is forcing the people to forget Lungu’s poor performance because he’s as bad even worse. Terrible roads despite tolls, Corrupt police still on the beat, Kwacha keeps falling, mitengo keeps rising. Where is your promises What have you changed? Sontapo!

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  8. IF YOU DO WRONG THINGS DELIBERFETELY NINSHI KUTUMPA FYE SANA. AND THE SO CALLED HON. KABIMBA IS SUPPOSED TO EXHIBIT HIGH AND ACCESSIBLE STANDARD RECIPS IN ACCORDANCE TO OUR LAW PROFESSIONAL CODE’ OTHERWISE NAIFWEBENE AMA LAWYER BAKULATWEBA ATI TWALITUMPA. IF KABIMBA WAS A GENUINE LAWYER HE WAS SUPPOSED TO REBUKE THE PF OVER GASSING , CADERISM, FAKE MATCHES AND PROTESTS OF PF HIRED HOMOSEXUAL ACTORS, THE PF PLANS TO DISTURB THE YOUTH Day , THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY ECL TO CAGE HH FOR LIFE. ANY STRONG LEADER HAVE TO REACT WITH A STRONG LANGUAGE TO SUCH DISTURBING NOSENCE

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