EFF condemns Zambian president’s 'emerging dictatorship'

The party says arrests and detention of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is a clear sign of a deteriorating political condition in that country.

FILE: Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has condemned what it calls an “emerging dictatorship” by Zambian president Edgar Lungu, adding he should desist from abusing judicial and legislative institutions.

The party says arrests and detention of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is a clear sign of a deteriorating political condition in that country.

The EFF has called on the Zambian government to release political prisoners detained for more than 90 days without a court hearing.

The party says it has written to the South African parliament, African Union and SADC, among others, to raise serious concerns over the issue.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says: “We must register our condemnation of these actions. They will not benefit the interests of the ordinary people to Zambia who continue to suffer under employments, poverty and inequality.”

In May, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane was deported from Zambia after he had travelled to Lusaka to attend the treason trial of Hichilema.

The Zambian High Commissioner says Maimane was prevented from entering that country because he threatened to undermine their judiciary.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)