Zam­bia has a lot to teach the world about democ­racy, says Lungu

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LUSAKA — Zam­bian Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu has claimed that his coun­try has a lot to teach the rest of the world re­gard­ing peace and the han­dling of refugees.

Ac­cord­ing to Lusaka Times, Lungu said this as he left the south­ern African coun­try to at­tend the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly (UNGA) in New York.

The south­ern African leader ex­pressed a de­sire to ad­dress the as­sem­bly, say­ing that he would use the op­por­tu­nity to show­case Zam­bia’s record of peace and ac­cep­tance of ci­ti­zens from out­side the coun­try.

“Zam­bia has been hav­ing this prob­lem for years now and we know what it means to have peace and we know what it means to be a refugee. So I think for us we will be teach­ing them [Europe] what it means to be at peace and the con­se­quences which flow as a re­sult of chaos,” Lungu was quoted as say­ing.

Lungu ut­ter­ances fol­lowed on from a report in which one of his crit­ics la­belled him a “true dic­ta­tor” who in­tim­i­dated ci­ti­zens in a bid to re­tain power.

In­duna Mabebo of Shang’ombo dis­trict in Ndola said that the re­cently in­au­gu­rated pres­i­dent had shown Zam­bians what a true dic­ta­tor was ca­pa­ble of com­pared to for­mer pres­i­dent Michael Sata.

“To­day, we can no longer feel at peace in Zam­bia. We are in se­ri­ous prob­lems, we are not safe un­der this man called Edgar Lungu. We are not safe. Zam­bia needs to be lib­er­ated from this new­born dic­ta­tor,” Mabebo was quoted as say­ing.

Lungu was sworn in on Tues­day, with the op­po­si­tion leader Hakainde Hichilema dis­miss­ing the cer­e­mony as “il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional”.

Lungu took power last year, fol­low­ing the death of Sata. He won the Au­gust 11 elec­tion by around 100 000 votes but Hichilema al­leged that the re­sult was rid­dled with fraud. — AFP

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