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Govt accuses ex-President Lungu of inciting lawlessness, may face prosecution (Video)


The government has accused former President Edgar Lungu of inciting citizens to engage in lawlessness, civil disobedience and discontent through his ongoing political statements.

During a church service in Lusaka on Sunday, Lungu urged citizens to demand early elections, alleging that his successor, President Hakainde Hichilema, had mismanaged the economy.

Responding at a media briefing in Lusaka on Monday, Chief Government Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, stated that the ex-president was exploiting the economic situation to provoke Zambians against Hichilema’s administration.

“Government is studying the legal and security implications of Mr. Edgar Lungu’s statements. When the relevant authorities and state apparatus decide to take action, it will be done without impediment and we will assist law enforcement agencies,” Mweetwa highlighted.

Mweetwa reiterated that President Hichilema was legitimately elected by the people of Zambia and that the government would not tolerate Lungu’s conduct, which he deemed unlawful.

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He mentioned that the government was already exploring all legal avenues against Lungu, whom he described as an “accidental” president after being left in charge when the late President Michael Sata left the country and subsequently passed away.

“His call for lawlessness stems from his background of lawlessness during his term, which Zambians rejected. In the past, opposition announcements of church services would have been cordoned off by both police and cadres,” Mweetwa stated.

The minister accused Lungu of continuing political shadowboxing against the Head of State, who was focused on addressing the immediate issues facing the country.

Mweetwa also announced that President Hichilema would commission the construction of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway on May 21, 2024, underscoring the government’s priorities over Lungu’s utterances.

“Lungu is trying to divert attention from the fight against corruption, where the government has made significant progress in recovering assets looted during his tenure,” Mweetwa claimed.

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