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Hichilema warns ex-President Lungu to ‘respect the law or be arrested’, says past leader enjoys no immunity


President Hakainde Hichilema has announced that former President Edgar Lungu no longer has immunity from prosecution and risks arrest if he continues breaking the law.

Hichilema stated that he was unaware of Lungu being under house arrest, as Lungu claimed to foreign media outlets, pointing out that an individual under house arrest would not be allowed to move freely in public as Lungu has been doing.

Thursday’s edition of the Times of Zambia quoted Hichilema as saying Lungu lost his presidential immunity after his defeat in the 2021 general elections.

“No one is above the law. I hear people talk about immunity. Why are you talking about immunity? The immunity of the Head of State is only relevant during the time they are in the presidency.

“The crimes they commit outside the presidency are not covered by that immunity. That’s the law. So why are you talking about immunity? I don’t understand,” he said.

Hichilema urged Lungu to stop causing trouble under the guise of being immune from prosecution.

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“You cannot use the former President status to break the laws because you are not covered by that immunity. Please, those who are asking for immunity, this is not an issue. Leave his immunity. If he continues breaking the law, soon he will be arrested, simple,” he warned.

Hichilema emphasized the importance of self-respect for earning the respect of others.

Contrary to Lungu’s assertions, Hichilema denied harassing the former Head of State.

“What harassment? Truthfully, if I was like him, he would have known what harassment means because he harassed me day and night. He locked me up 15 times. He put me under death row for a crime I did not commit,” Hichilema stated.

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