Power and Politics

Economic Freedom Fighters tackle Minister Matambo for branding opposition parties as ‘hyena’


The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has denounced the disparaging remarks made by Copperbelt Minister, Elisha Matambo, against opposition political parties.

During a media briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday, Matambo described opposition political parties as “Hyena” for alleged predatory actions, mirroring the government’s treatment of citizens.

EFF party Secretary-General, Changala Siame, in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday, described the sentiments from Matambo as both unfortunate and offensive.

“The derogatory language used strangely aligns with accusations of the government’s own predatory behavior, particularly in the absence of justification for killing citizens based solely on speculation about mealie meal smuggling,” he stated.

Siame alleged that the United Party for National Development (UPND) government had resorted to illegal activities, showcasing a disregard for the rule of law in the pursuit of its agenda.

He said from unjustifiable arrests of opposition members to supporting coups within political parties and causing harm to citizens, it reflected a desperate attempt to maintain power.

“This highlights the government’s failure to address crucial economic issues, such as debt restructuring and private sector stimulation,” Siame added.

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He also highlighted other failures of government to include inadequate distribution of farming inputs, lack of quality education, a weak exchange rate, high cost of living, and soaring fuel prices.

Siame claimed that these failures led to a reliance on political maneouvers to sustain power.

“The EFF expresses concern that the government’s desperate behavior poses a significant threat to national democracy, undermining the principles of a fair and just society,” he emphasized.

He said it set a dangerous precedent for the future, necessitating a careful reevaluation of the current political landscape.

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