Zambia accuses Zimbabwe of planning to kill president Hichilema

A ZAMBIAN MINISTER has stated that his country will soon reach out to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the United Nations (UN) in response to suspicions that Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF party is collaborating with Zambia’s opposition to assassinate President Hakainde Hichilema.

Elisha Matambo, a Copperbelt minister, said the Zambian government would seek international and regional authorities to investigate the threats against Hichilema’s life.

Matambo stated that Zanu PF’s secretary for finance Patrick Chinamasa admitted to having a hand in the assassination of Zambia’s third President Levy Mwanawasa while speaking to protesters assembled to oppose Zimbabwe’s alleged intervention in Zambia’s affairs.

“I have received the petitions on the threats on the life of President Hichilema by Chinamasa and Rutendo Matinyanyire. I will deliver your petition to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that it can be taken to Sadc, AU and UN. Chinamasa has confessed that he killed President Mwanawasa and is now planning to tamper with the life of President Hichilema,” he said.

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Matambo said some people in the opposition in Zambia were allegedly working with Chinamasa to destabilise Zambia.

Zanu PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa referred questions to Chinamasa who has repeatedly not been answering his mobile phone.

Hichilema’s United Party for National Development supporters denounced Zanu PF at the reopening of the Kongola copper mines in Chingola and Chililabombwe in the Copperbelt province.

The supporters, according to videos circulating on social media, accused Zanu PF functionaries, including Chinamasa, of trying to destabilise Zimbabwe’s northern neighbour.

Hichilema, who is the Sadc Troika on Politics, Defence and Security chairperson, deployed former Zambian Vice-President Nevers Mumba to head the region’s observer mission for Zimbabwe’s elections last month.

The Sadc Troika is a group established to respond swiftly to political emergencies in the region.

Mumba’s Sadc election observer mission released a damning report stating that the Zimbabwean elections did not meet democratic standards set by the region and the international community.

Hichilema boycotted Mnangagwa’s inauguration held at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Monday last week.

Mnangagwa, instead, invited Hichilema’s predecessor and foe, Edgar Lungu, to his inauguration.

Since the damning report, officials in Harare have launched a spirited campaign to discredit Hichilema and Mumba, who they have described as “Western puppets”, which has soured relations between the two nations formerly joined at the hip in the colonial era as Southern and Northern Rhodesia. Newsday

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