German Ambassador to Zambia Achim Bukart has stated that the German government is concerned with the deteriorating democratic space in Zambia since last year’s disputed general elections.
Speaking in Lusaka today when he signed a bilateral agreement with Finance Minister Felix Mutati, Ambassador Bukart said it was not a secret that the German government was very concerned with the shrinking democratic space in Zambia especially after the invocation of the threatened state of public emergence.
‘Allow me to come up with critical remarks just as good friends must be open and candid to each other,’ Ambassador Bukart stressed as Mutati looked on.
He said the invocation of the threatened state of emergency has raised alarm bells back in Germany and hoped that the Zambian government will deal with the situation wisely adding that the release of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was however a positive development.
Edgar Lungu’s government has continued to squeeze on the democratic space of Zambians with the latest performance being the blocking of a thanks giving prayer event at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Thursday that was meant to thank God for the release of the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema. The police also denied the UPND permission to hold their party membership card renewal on grounds that the situation that led to invocation of the threatened state of public emergency has not improved.