Power and Politics

Ex-President Lungu says he is ready to die fighting for democracy


Ex-President Edgar Lungu has declared that he was ready to sacrifice his life in the fight for democracy in Zambia.

Lungu’s reaction followed the tear-gassing of Patriotic Front (PF) members and arrest of Chairperson for Information and Publicity, Emmanuel Mwamba, and others at Kabwata Police Station.

Police on Tuesday morning fired teargass canisters at Lungu-led PF members who went to show solidarity for party Secretary-General, Raphael Nakacinda, who was detained at the station on Monday.

The PF members led by Mwamba did not, however, find Nakacinda at Kabwata Police Station as he had been transfered to Chelston Police station without the lawyers knowledge.

The demand by Nakacinda’s lawyer and Mwamba to know his whereabouts resulted in the eruption of a confusion which led to Police teargassing them, together with their members.

After visiting Kabwata Police Station on Tuesday morning, the former president advised the Police to behave in a professional manner.

He said the Police actions would result in people rising against President Hakainde Hichilema.

“I am saying so because I heard that ordinary citizens were being trargassed in Kabwata this morning when PF members went to check on Nakacinda who was incarcerated there,” Lungu said.

He described the incident as uncalled for and advised the Police command to change their behaviour as they were decampaigning Hichilema.

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Lungu stated that the more PF members were arrested and teargassed, the more people were annoyed by police action.

“Let them forcus on real issues which government is facing such as the high cost of living, the drought that has come and alot such as poor health, I won’t mention poor education and create controversy,” he advised.

The former president vowed that as PF leader he would not allow his members to be intimidated by arrests.

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