Power and Politics

Socialist Party says Hichilema unduly flexing his muscles on ex-leader, Lungu


The Socialist Party says President Hakainde Hichilema is flexing his muscles and sending a strong message that he has power to out former president, Edgar Lungu, in check through the law enforcement agencies such as the Police.

Party Spokesperson, Frank Bwalya, in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday said this can be seen from the incident which happened on Wednesday at the former president’s residence in Ibex Hill area.

Bwalya said it is common knowledge that the recent activities at the residence of Mr. Lungu including his social media comments have unsettled President Hichilema.

He said this was confirmed by his action to spend more time talking about the previous ruling party than labour issues in his speech at the Labour Day commemoration in Lusaka on Monday.

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“The idea was to tell Dr. Lungu “I can fix you ngoletumpa.” (If you get silly),” Bwalya said.

He said President Hichilema’s public comments recently expose his preoccupation with the possibility of losing power to his predecessor.

Bwalya has advised President Hichilema to stop abusing the security wings because it will undermine their integrity and compromise their professionalism apart from making Zambia a laughing stock.

“We also wish to advise President Hichilema that previous abuse of the police against him or anyone else will not make Zambians see nothing wrong with him abusing the police as witnessed at the residence of former president Dr. Lungu,” he said.

Bwalya has demanded that President Hichilema concentrate on fixing the economy and bettering the lives of Zambians.

He said the Head of State should not forget that Zambians did not vote for him to checkmate somebody but the problems causing the cost of living to rise and lack of jobs, to mention but a few.

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