Zam­bian pres­i­dent warns op­po­si­tion

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LUSAKA — Zam­bian Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu has warned the op­po­si­tion UPND not to cause trou­ble af­ter the coun­try’s elections next month, the Lusaka Times re­ported on Thurs­day.

He claimed he was aware of the United Party for National De­vel­op­ment’s plans to cause trou­ble and would not al­low this as long as he re­mained pres­i­dent of the coun­try.

News24 re­ported that Lungu had pre­vi­ously called UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema stupid for not con­ced­ing de­feat in the up­com­ing Au­gust 11 gen­eral elections. He threat­ened to in­struct po­lice to “sort out” the op­po­si­tion. Hichilema said he would not be in­tim­i­dated by Lungu’s “idle threats” and that Lungu was stupid for us­ing state in­sti­tu­tions like the po­lice to in­tim­i­date vot­ers.

Lungu, the Pa­tri­otic Front leader, re­cently an­nounced that his gov­ern­ment would pri­ori­tise de­vel­op­ment in ar­eas where it re­ceived the most votes in next month’s elections.

Lungu said his ad­min­is­tra­tion had tried to de­velop all ar­eas of Zam­bia in its first term in of­fice, but this ap­proach dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas where the party was most pop­u­lar. He had been pres­i­dent since Jan­uary 2015.

“We should first de­velop Mungwi and the Northern Prov­ince, be­cause you peo­ple have sup­ported us through­out. It is a pity that you have not ben­e­fited from your sup­port for the PF, but now this has to change,” Lungu said.

Hichilema said such re­marks re­vealed a lack of un­der­stand­ing of and re­spect for multi-party democ­racy and could be read as an at­tempt to black­mail vot­ers. — AFP

Edgar Lungu

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