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‘Irresponsible, divisive’ Presidency knocks Zulu over claims Hichilema planning to dissolve parliament


State House has warned Lumezi Independent Member of Parliament, Munir Zulu, against misinforming the public and propagating falsehood.

On Wednesday, Zulu claimed that President Hakainde Hichilema would dissolve Parliament to pave way for fresh elections and the country would be in a campaign mood for three months.

Responding to the claim, State House Chief Communications Specialist, Clayson Hamasaka, said the law was explicit and no one should cry persecution when facing the consequences of such irresponsible behaviour.

Hamasaka said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday.

“Such a statement was not only reckless and irresponsible, especially coming from an individual who has previously made divisive and hegemonic remarks, but it also jeopardizes the public interest,” he said

Hamasaka said the intention behind Zulu’s statement was to misinform the public and propagate falsehoods.

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“The expected decorum of a Parliamentary representative within the National Assembly like Zulu dictates that they adhere to specific rules,” he said.

Hamasaka said Zulu may be deemed out of order through Parliamentary processes because this culture extended beyond Parliament and permeates the public sphere.

“Zulu has asserted that he possesses reliable information suggesting that the President of the Republic of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, intends to dissolve Parliament and subsequently call for an early election,” he said.

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