Nevers Mumba says the story of Pharaoh and the children of Israel relates well to the current situation in Zambia.
Mumba, the MMD president and founder and president of Victory Ministries International, has stated that his party was demanding the immediate release of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema from prison where he is incarcerated for alleged treason.
God, through Moses, demanded that Pharaoh releases the children of Israel from bondage. He refused, just like President Lungu is refusing to release Mr Hichilema. God spoke through many ‘voices’ to demand the release of the children of Israel, but the Bible says, ‘Pharaoh hardened his heart’,
He stated that it was disheartening to see how God had raised ‘voices’ from all around the world to demand the release of Hichilema and how President Lungu’s heart had been hardened.
The end result of Pharaoh and Egypt was a destroyed economy and loss of life. History repeats itself. With the overwhelming international condemnation of the arrest, co-operating partners will start withholding their support and this will wreck the economy and result in untold suffering of the Zambian people, even death,
“MMD is not only pushing for the release of Mr Hichilema, we are pushing for the total restoration of democracy, justice and sanity in our country. If we don’t fix the broken respect for human rights, these senseless arrests will continue even after Mr Hichilema is released.”
He feared that the longer Hichilema remaind in jail, the more devastation there would be to Zambia’s economy.
No amount of self-cleansing by the PF propaganda will heal this breach. The world ‘current’ of news against Zambia is unstoppable. Mr Lungu, release Hakainde Hichilema and save our country from further injury to our economy,
Eminent Zambians, traditional leaders, regional and international leaders, including European Union members of parliament have called on President Lungu to release Hichilema and drop the treason charges slapped on him and five others.
But the Head of State last week told EU Head of Delegation to Zambia Alessandro Mariani that Hichilema’s arrest could not be discussed as that would be endangering the independence of the judiciary.
President Lungu said this when he met Ambassador Mariani at State House.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda told journalists after the meeting that Ambassador Mariani and seven other EU delegates, who accompanied him, brought up Hichilema’s arrest but President Lungu told them that the matter could not be discussed as it was in court and assured the delegation that the due process of the law would take its course.
“Of course, the question of Mr Hichilema’s arrest came up and the President said there was nothing he could do about it without endangering the independence of the judiciary,” said Chanda.