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Ex-President Lungu, a free man but must stay out of politics —Hichilema


President Hakainde Hichilema says former president Edgar Lungu is a free man, and that no one is harassing him. He, however, added that he must stay out of politics in order to continue enjoying the benefits attached to former presidents.

Hichilema said this in Lusaka on Thursday during a media briefing held at State House.

The Head of State said the new dawn administration under his reign has no intention to harass the former President and his family as alleged by some sections of the society especially the Patriotic Front (PF).

He said despite facing a number of harassments at the hands of the Edgar Lungu PF led government while he was in opposition, he will ensure that the freedoms of the Former Head of State are guaranteed.

“My brother ECL is free. If there is anyone tempering with him, I’ll be the first to protect him, all we are doing is to follow the law,” Hichilema said.

He said he and Mr. Lungu are in talking terms and speak freely contrary to the social media narrative that the two are not in good books.

Read More:‘Rule of law at play,’ Hichilema denies using the police to harass ex-President Lungu

“The law is clear, when the president, former president retires, he must stay out of politics and the emoluments are provided in the law, today I see a headline in one of the newspapers that HH lied, it wasn’t 13 policemen, it was 8, I asked the Secretary to Cabinet, I said please can you deal with that, me am given to interpret the law,” Hichilema said.

He said it is unfair for the opposition to shower him with loaded insults over the matter because he is just doing his job of interpreting the law.

Hichilema has further asked the opposition to start providing viable alternative economic policies and not falsehoods or insults.

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