UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has been nominated as a recipient of this year’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation was established in 1958 by Theodor Heuss, the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom acknowledges individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the cause of freedom in Africa.
HH was arrested without cause and detained without trial in filthy cells for 157 days by Zambian dictator Edgar Lungu. He was released without a charge after the regime failed to to prove any charge against him.
HH will therefore be in South Africa to receive the award and make a speech tomorrow, Friday 27 October 2017.
Confirming the event, HH wrote:
We are greatly honoured to have been nominated to be the guest speaker and recipient of this year’s African Freedom award ceremony hosted and presented by Friedrich Naumann Foundation in South Africa tomorrow Friday 27th October 2017.
At this annual event, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom acknowledges individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the cause of Freedom in Africa.
After receiving the award, we will be presenting a paper on “The State of Freedom in Africa”.
To us, this an award dedicated to our fellow citizens who committed prayers and stood with us during our 127 days difficult times under incarceration in filthy detention centres for an offence we never commited.
We will continue demanding and championing freedoms and basic rights for our people as well as respect for the rule of law and order as we believe that is key to national development.