Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters has condemned in the strongest terms the persecution of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema by Edgar Lungu.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi said Lungu risked losing moral gravity and political sensibility if he does not release Hichilema.
“The Economic Freedom Fighters notes with grave concern the arrest of Zambian opposition leader of United Party for National Development, Mr Hakainde Hichilema. The EFF further notes the unwarranted house raids and harassment of Mr Hichilema’s family. The EFF condemns the arrest of Mr Hichilema in strongest possible terms, particularly when such is political arrest and intolerance,” the statement read in part, said Ndlozi.
The EFF, of the main opposition parties in South Africa said ‘there is no reason enough that should lead to political intolerance, violence and arrest of those that we disagree with, despite opposing political views’.
The EFF further said it will never tolerate political arrest and intolerance anywhere in the world, regardless of opposing views, particularly opposing views of political orientation.”
The EFF noted that intolerance often reflected political parties that are terrified of political contestation.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi further said the arrest of HH is unreasonable, reckless and regrettable’.
“The EFF calls for immediate release of Mr Hichilema. If President Lungu wishes to retain any moral gravity and political sensibility to emancipate people of Zambia, he must do the right thing, intervene and ensure that Mr Hichilema is released and all charges are dropped with immediate effect.
The EFF said it will write an official letter to Lungu to request that he avoids political arrests and all forms of intolerance. The continent needs to move towards acceptance of political differences.”