Power and Politics

Former freedom fighters want more govt attention, say Lungu has right to seek power if qualified


The Former Freedom Fighters’ Association of Zambia says government should give them more attention.

The association has also said that it was shameful that the plight of those who “died” during the struggle for independence keeps on worsening without any attention by government.

Copperbelt Chapter Chairperson, John Waluka, also said former President, Edgar Lungu, has every right to re-contest the elections and that they have no reservations about him vying for the presidency.

“In Zambia we have democratic principles which we have held for many years, so debate going on that the former President wants to re-contest, we have no problem with that because we feel it is his democratic right to participate in elections,” Waluka said.

He said in an interview on Tuesday in Kitwe that if the former president was eligible to re-contest, he had every right to do so .

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The country is currently awash with serious speculations as rumours mount on Lungu’s alleged plans to hold on to the Patriotic Front (PF) and recontest elections in 2026.

This is as a group of women matched to his Ibex house in the capital Lusaka complaining about the high cost of living.

Waluka also said the government should emulate neighbouring countries which had taken good care of those who helped the country attain political independence.

“Our members are living in squalor, no dignity what so ever, they live and die in misery,” he said.

Waluka said in countries like Namibia, Bostwana and Zimbabwe and South Africa, former freedom fighters are looked after properly.

He urged politicians not to lose focus but forge peace and unity in the country by emulating those “selfless” leaders who fought for political emancipation of the country.

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