Outgoing President Edgar Lungu has finally resolved to remove Zambia Army Commander Paul Mihova and his deputy and replace them with junior army officials who will be answerable and reporting to Zambia Air Commander Eric Chimense.
Lungu plans to refuse to handover power and use soldiers loyal him to remain in power illegally just like former president of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo attempted but failed after losing elections in 2010. Laurent Gbagbo is currently detained by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity.
Lungu is currently creating parallel structures in the defence forces which he wants to use to cling on to power.
The decision to remove General Paul Mihova which maybe implemented as early as next week but certainly before the August elections, was arrived at a meeting held at State House yesterday, soon after Lungu’s arrival from Northern Province before he heads for Central Province today.
Lungu is convinced that Army Commander is totally against the evil plan to cause bloodshed through the creation of Special Force Units such as Commandos that he wants to unleash on the civilians.
“The idea is to formalise the placement of the army under the Zambia Air Force Commander Eric Chimense who is in full support of all the evil schemes by Lungu against the wishes of many Zambians. When he appoints some junior army officials to head the army, he wants to argue that ZAF Commander Eric Chimense is more senior to head the joint military and security command. Already he has basically made the Army Commander answerable to the Zambia Air Force Commander which many considers as a serious anomaly.
In Fact Lungu has lost so much trust in the army such that he even consults the Police IG Kakoma Kanganja more than the Army Commander. It’s like to Lungu, even the Zambia Police is now more powerful and respected than the Zambia Army,” sources close to the scheme have revealed.
Sources say that’s why even from the Army he has just created a small unit of about 100 Commandos that he has shifted to Lusaka West at a special military camp called L85 from Emasdale after being exposed by the Zambian Watchdog.
And even these Commandos have also been placed under a retired General Chibombe who was in charge of the Commando unit in Ndola and was later moved to Kabwe where he was retired in 2014, as opposed to being under that Zambia Army Commander.
Sources say what Lungu has basically created is a rebel movement which is not recognised by the army command, but is paid more money than other soldiers.
Insiders say Lungu has done the same with the Zambia Police where he has created what is called the IG’s crack squad for the purpose of causing bloodshed when he unleashes them on members of the general public.
One of the main architects of these schemes is Stephen Kampyongo who is the PF National Chairperson for youths and also Local Government and Housing Minister. Kampyongo has also been involved in arming of PF thugs and giving them police uniforms to kill the opposition political parties members.
The Zambian Watchdog will soon release the phone recordings of some of these evil schemes by the PF leadership, including Lungu himself.
This is exactly what former president of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo did in 2010 after losing elections. He refused to handover power and attempted to use some sections of the military to remain in power. The electoral commission of that country which was obviously compromised declared Laurent Gbagbo winner but all independent elections observers said the opposition had won.
Alassane Ouattara was declared the winner and was recognized as such by election observers, the international community, the African Union (AU), and the Economic Community of West African States. However, the Constitutional Council, which according to Article 94 of the Ivorian Constitution both determines disputes in and proclaims the results of Presidential elections, declared that Gbagbo had won.
Gbagbo’s illegal militia was later beaten and Gbagbo arrested and taken to the International Criminal court .
The ICC formally issued an arrest warrant for Gbagbo, charging him with four counts of crimes against humanity – murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and “other inhuman acts”, committed between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011.
His trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague began on 28 January 2016.