Zambian embassy in London closed to avoid protests

Zambian diplomats at the High Commission in London have closed the embassy and barricaded themselves inside after being informed that a huge crowd of protesters was on the way.

Zambians living in UK were cleared by the UK police to demonstrate at the Zambian High Commission against the break down of the rule of law in Zambia and abuse of human rights following the arrest of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.

This morning, Zambians living in the UK travelled from various cities to the High Commission in London but High Commissioner Muyeba Shichapwa Chikonde ordered that the commission be closed to avoid the protesters.
Chikonde and his juniors hid inside the building.

The Watchdog is informed that the protesters will return once the High Commission is opened.

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29 Responses to "Zambian embassy in London closed to avoid protests"

  1. Chenjela Mendela   April 23, 2017 at 21:12

    Since when has a motorcade issue become a treason issue? KK used to love using ‘sedition’. Now ‘treason’ is the new ‘sedition’. Some things never change. When will we change?

  2. Chenjela Mendela   April 23, 2017 at 21:04

    Colonial ; Arrive with a gun and bible and demand power or impose it.

    Post-colonial; Leave with your gun (and sell some) but leave the bible and your power in place to keep control behind the scenes.

  3. Chenjela Mendela   April 23, 2017 at 20:01

    The UK/BRITAIN was in ‘Zambia’, and other large parts of Africa illegally (Colonialism?). They even left strange looking borders to hamstring us. And they never apologised. They still haven’t. So lets say we are returning the favour. I am very sure they arrived without passports and just took advantage! This ‘illegal’ narrative is quite bizarre. It is based on racism and selectivity. Note how African soldiers in Burma, India and other parts during WW2 were not illegal defending the Empire. Why can’t their descendants live in the UK? The Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and selected South African and Rhodesian descendants can (mainly white). So, before we start talking ‘illegality’ lets remember earlier examples to understand current situations. They are relevant.

  4. Chenjela Mendela   April 23, 2017 at 19:41

    Why do Zulu and Mutambo feel compelled to write long pro-PF essays/statements if they are right and nothing is wrong? It’s as if they’re over-compensating for something. Reminds me of Joseph Goebbels and his statements justifying the unjustifiable and Stalinist-era statements made to ‘look good’ to the world. Nobody was fooled.

  5. Cm   April 23, 2017 at 08:53

    Upnd die hards accept reality strategise for the next elections rather than thinking about destabilising for the sake of your man to be in power please u are undemocratic

  6. mula   April 21, 2017 at 11:01

    Has zambian we should not take advantage of the peace we enjoyed all along .jst one strick of matches can burn the all bush.when one is wrong he needs to be corrected for direction. power and authority comes from above,if God has appointed you has leader to rule no matter what it shall come to pass.people burning and insulting the authority are cursing themselve and they shall pay in one way of the other,if you have love in you heart you cant do bad to you friend .PEOPLE OF GOD let follow the bible especially youths of the country .other countries do not enjoy the peace and love we have it does not mean there are foolish but because of their fore fathers WHAT they started the war and CHILDREN are bearing the suffering and pain hoping god to save them.let us not go that far but praying for one another PSALM 11vs 3 says when the foundations are destoryed,what can the righteous do.meaning when yo life or things are not okay in yo life pray to make things right than fighting.may GOD BLESS AND PROTECT THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY AND ALL ZAMBIANS

  7. KENNEDY   April 21, 2017 at 10:00

    KwaBulozi you are a bigger idiot then i thought,can you just ZIP IT

  8. JOKERS   April 21, 2017 at 09:56


  9. zebigge   April 21, 2017 at 06:40

    Check for the video of the two seemingly lost UPND protestors in front of the Zambian High Commission on Lusaka Times. One wonders where Larry Mwitwa the UPND coward living in the UK was. Alalila owe mayo, chikonko chimwikate eee!!!!

  10. zebigge   April 21, 2017 at 06:33


    London, 20th April 2017, United Kingdom – Earlier today, the Patriotic Front in the United Kingdom called on Zambians here to shun the planned UPND protest which was scheduled to take place at the Zambian High Commission in London from 09:00am to 16:00pm. The protest was meant to be the climax of the UPND social media negative vibe in demanding for the immediate release of their leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema who is currently under detention.

    Zambians in the United Kingdom have today proved that they will not take part in activities and agendas aimed at tarnishing Zambia’s image. For a long time now, some known UPND members living in the UK have even gone to the extent of insulting His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and issuing online statements bordering on criminality to the extent of treason.

    We wish to officially report that only two (2) UPND members turned up for the protest while Staff at the Zambian High Commission went about doing their work without any disruption whatsoever. The Staff was only alerted by a cleaner about the presence of two men outside the High Commission carrying out what looked like a protest.

    We wish to dispel falsehood by some online media that the High Commission remained closed as a result of the protest. We are also aware that Ambassador Muyeba Chikonde is currently in Zambia on national duty.

    Once more we wish to encourage the Zambian community over their good judgement to continue shunning any ill-intended activities aimed at tarnishing Zambia’s reputation and drag President Lungu’s name into disrepute because the Country is our common heritage. We live in a country where Citizens respect their institutions and understand that their rights come with responsibilities too.

    Signed and Issued By: Arnold Zulu (Mr)
    Chairperson – PF in the UK

    Dr. Mutambo
    Vice Chairperson – PF in the UK

    • Paula   April 21, 2017 at 21:56

      The usual pf cadres spreading falsehoods. You claim that UPND supporters protesting outside the High Commission would tarnish Zambia’s reputation. Don’t blame UPND supporters for tarnishing Zambia’s reputation because we all know lungu already beat them to it. lungu is now sitting comfortably and fits right in with the most awful dictators still alive out there. Most Zambians are now behaving like Zimbabweans as they do not want to be associated with Zambia because of what lungu has done to the country. Everybody knows that majority of civil servants in Zambia haven’t been getting paid their salaries for months on end because there is NO MONEY in Zambia. Those civil servants include the diplomatic service. So what national duty is Chikonde in Zambia for, when the country has no money?

  11. Mafuso   April 21, 2017 at 01:13

    Anorld Zulu and you so called Dr Mutambo are thugs who should be chased out of the UK. Your Lungu is a cursed man who has brought a curse on Zambia. Wait until your family members get killed by your changwa police. we will picket every embassy in the West and don’t waste our time by pasting your PF crap here. ZW, delete their crap from here

  12. KwaBulozi   April 20, 2017 at 20:36

    Edgar and his den of thieves are simpletons.

    I urge those in the UK to organise huge rallies not just small groups. Get organised with people like Lindsay German of the Stop The War Coalition and others like George Galloway who can put pressure on Theresa May to stop aid to Edgar and his corrupt chaps. All ensure the press are there like Sky, ITV, Channel Four, Al Jazeera, CNN etc – forget the useless BBC busy telling the world about Suwilanji Mpondela’s sporting talents while Lungu is abusing human rights. .

    • mwine mushi   April 21, 2017 at 07:41

      Most of those chaps in UK are staying there illegally and they wouldn’t risk going on the street it will be brexit.If they can come to 20 protestors I will be surprised.

      • Paula   April 21, 2017 at 22:09

        Those who are in the country illegally usually hang around with people in a similar situation to theirs. Since you know that most chaps in the UK are there illegally, am assuming you’re one of them. Unless of course you work for the home office and have been involved in obtaining figures on Zambian’s who are in the UK illegally.

  13. Prince Mande   April 20, 2017 at 19:15

    What is happening here will no doubt have a devastating effect on the country and this the country’s leadership could have avoided but for selfish reasons they want to continue with misplaced charges. It’s all intended to armtwist HH into recognising ECL as a legitimate president of the republic of Zambia. Let’s wait and see who gets hurt the most.

  14. Muna Dekhane   April 20, 2017 at 18:57

    We are going to protest tomorrow and convey the political persecutions in Zambia. We urge all peace loving Zambians to turn up in large numbers to express our concerns over dictatorship emerging in Zambia. We also have received a list of all Zambians targeted for arrests by PF regime with instructions from Edgar Lungu. This is meant to let the British government be aware should any thing bad happen to the people on the list.

  15. Maduu   April 20, 2017 at 18:13

    The long arcticle from mutambo and Zulu can never change Zambian people’s minds over the un justified arrest of HH. If you are really PF carders as you claim, tell me the crime Dr Kambwili and other victimized members, commited. We the original PF members are not happy with the current happenings in the country. Your lawyers back home failed to explain the conditionalities of a treason case impossed on HH, to which you also failed. You might feel today you are a victor or top dog, but yet there is tomorrow when you will be an under dog.

    • KwaBulozi   April 20, 2017 at 20:52

      Whites are not that stupid believe that nonsense. They always try to confirm stories through independent sources.

  16. mwine mushi   April 20, 2017 at 17:01

    HH should face the law. Do you think a lunatic like your god father can do what he did in Mongu to the queens’ motor convoy. Let them demonstrate we are enjoying peace in Zambia, no revolution and no bunkers.

    • KwaBulozi   April 20, 2017 at 20:39

      Which law wena?

      Edgar’s Kangaroo Law?

    • tutu   April 21, 2017 at 04:30

      Blame your stupid state police officers not HH
      .Kaizer Dora kapyongo sre walking free on the streets of Lusaka nd yet today u quickly want to arrest HH, for what?? Lungu failed to hand over power to speaker as stipulated in the constitution..That was a serious breach of constitution. And yet Lungu is still there holding onto power.NONSENSE

  17. zebigge   April 20, 2017 at 16:46


    London, 20th April 2017, United Kingdom

    We, the undersigned, on behalf of all the members and sympathisers of the Patriotic Front in the United Kingdom, wish to express our solidarity and confidence in the leadership of His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia for following in the footsteps of his predecessors. President Lungu has promoted the slogan of One Zambia, One Nation and has further ensured the country remains highly democratic and upholds its international reputation as a Oasis of peace on the African continent. His dedication for upholding the rule of law and indeed for granting Zambians a people-driven constitution which had eluded citizens for many generations remains commendable and a strong legacy he has built for himself and Zambia.

    It has therefore come as a shock that some persons of Zambians origin in the Diaspora have launched false scathing attacks against a government of the people, for the people and by the people, on social media and mainstream media in their quest to tarnish Zambia’s impressive standing in the global village of nations. All this has been triggered by the arrest of United Party for National Development leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema.

    Unlike what Zambians are known for, we have noted this strange behaviour from people who call themselves Zambians but remain void of patriotism. They have not learnt from other countries that do not rush to tarnish their nation’s images because in the case of Zambia, the country is our common heritage. Tarnishing Zambia’s name does not make anyone win and election neither does it result in increased foreign direct investment. We therefore wonder what is motivating these reactionary forces when they embark on a mission to give Zambia a bad name.

    Sadly not even their UPND leadership can stand up to defend the Country’s image. This is because in the mind of Mr. Hichilema it does not matter if Zambia went down with him – that is how egocentric the man is. Falsehoods in the Diaspora by UPND members claim there has been massive decay in the once promising young Zambian democracy charging that the country is marred with police brutality, victimisation of dissent views especially private media houses, torture and in some cases murder of those in opposition by those directly connected to the President with impunity.

    As responsible residents in the UK who are also Zambians by birth or heritage, we feel duty bound to rebut these blatant lies being orchestrated by UPND with full support from Mr. Hichilema’s leadership. We are however not worried because only people of poor judgment would stand up to support what is contained in the video footage from prime TV that went viral on social media and it should be mentioned that the interview of Mr. Hichilema on the same station is very revealing and quite telling on how much misconduct and deliberate the actions of the UPND leader and his convoy were in daring and disrespecting the Motorcade of the Head of State President Lungu were and thereby endangering the Head of State’s life.

    Let it be made clear to the international community that the arrest of UPND leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema has nothing to do with the lack of demise of good governance in the country as the UPND in the Diaspora are charging. It is a fallacy that Mr. Hichilema was arrested because democracy has perished in Zambia. His arrest does not even have anything to do with his decision to refuse to acknowledge President Edgar Lungu as the duly elected President. It is not even about a challenged election because there is not a petition to challenge the election in any Court of law in Zambia.

    Without going into the merits and demerits of the case before the Courts, we seek to correct some distortions being created by the UPND in the Diaspora. We have also observed that UPND members in the Diaspora are misleading unsuspecting members of the general public especially on social media that the treason charges amount to political witch-hunt as it is not sound at law. These UPND members are busy misleading the public that the definition of treason is as defined by American law and therefore is identical to Zambian law or even of universal application when it’s not.

    Under American law treason is defined as:

    “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.” (Article III Section (3) of the U.S. Constitution).

    Under English law treason was redefined by the Treason Act 1795 and the principal forms now include: (1) compassing the death or serious injury of the sovereign or his (or her) spouse or eldest son; (2) levying war against the sovereign in his (or her) realm, which includes any insurrection against the authority of the sovereign or of the government that goes beyond riot or violent disorder; (3) giving aid or comfort to the sovereign’s enemies in wartime.

    It’s clear from the above that the Zambian law on treason is more close to the English than American law.

    In Zambia treason may be committed in a number of ways including preparing or endeavouring to carry out by force any enterprise which usurps the executive power of the State in any matter of both a public and a general nature. (Section 43 (1) (d) of the Penal Code).

    Section 43 (2) (a)-(b) of the Penal Code tells us what “by force” means. It says:

    “(a) by force used in such a manner as, whether by reason of the number of persons involved or the means used or both, to imperil or be likely to imperil the safety of the State or to cause or be likely to cause death or grievous harm or serious damage to property; or

    (b) by a show of force calculated to arouse reasonable apprehension that force will be used in such a manner as is described in paragraph (a).”

    This means that it is treason to compass (plot) or attempt to kill or cause serious injury to the head of state. Even merely causing reasonable fear to the head of state that force would be used against him suffices as use of force.

    “…or to cause or be likely to cause death or grievous harm…” That can only apply to natural person as the State cannot be killed or grievously harmed. Neither can it apprehend any use of force.

    Of course, it is not every plot to kill or seriously injure the President that would amount to treason but any such plot accompanied by any intention to usurp the executive power.

    It is disheartening to note that when some misguided elements are projecting a negative picture of doom to the international community, the outside world thinks otherwise since Zambia is a citadel of peace and tranquillity.

    This has led to Zambia deservedly earning herself an opportunity to host the second African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council retreat recently. Isn’t this an honour to a country that is not only peaceful but has been declared as a Christian Nation with a national prayers day to honour God.

    As Secretary of African Union Peace and Security Council Admore Kambudzi recently noted while many other African countries are experiencing persistent conflicts and wars that have undermined the continent’s economic growth, Zambia has remained a peaceful nation since independence.

    From the onset when we freed ourselves from the yokes of colonialism, Zambia has been a peaceful country whose independence was not as bloody as some of its African counterparts.

    One should also consider the fact that in its early days, Zambia was surrounded by hostile regimes; the Portuguese in Angola and Mozambique, the Ian Smith minority regime in then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and the apartheid regime in then South West Africa (now Namibia) and South Africa.

    Largely, as a result of its unflinching support to the liberation movements in these countries, Zambia was a target of hostilities from these regimes. However, throughout the liberation struggle Zambia remained united and peaceful, a hallmark which has stood us out regionally and globally.

    Although the country has some challenges to overcome in its quest to deliver high levels of prosperity, its leaders are determined to face the future with heightened energy and enthusiasm to consolidate political, economic and social progress.

    This is testimony of our country’s stability that has continued to serve as the magnet pulling thousands of refugees from restive neighbours and beyond. Even after the end of the civil strife in their home countries many refugees choose to remain in Zambia by applying for integration into the Zambian society.

    When the elections results were announced, the (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema gave chilling orders for party cadres to carry out ethnic cleansing of selected tribes and non-UPND members in Maala, Namwala following the declaration of President-Elect Edgar Lungu’s victory.

    Following the unnerving order, Maala in Southern Province of Zambia and surrounding villages were turned into warzones with all PF supporters becoming victims of violence and tribal cleansing. Tribes like Bemba and Ngonis and other non-Tongas were is labelled as PF supporters and attacked. Others had their houses burnt or displaced in senseless mayhem.

    Over 250 people all of them non-Tongas (Hichilema’s tribe were internally displaced in Namwala calling for urgent remedial measures from the government to address their problem. Disaster Management and Mitigating Unit (DMMU) intervened by camping 58 families at Namwala Secondary School. Over 200 victims were placed in different locations for safety.

    We have pictorial evidence of both still and movie pictures for nationals and the international community to prove for themselves who the aggressor has been. As responsible citizens in the Diaspora, we shall package and circulate widely this footage including the Mongu incident so that the World can judge for itself.
    As both a peace-loving government, we didn’t want to fuel the situation by showing the pictures of ethnic cleansing in southern province perpetuated by the UPND and Mr. Hichilema’s violent talk.

    However, since Zambia is wrongly being accused of jailing an innocent man, as Zambian citizens in the Diaspora we have a duty and remain ready to produce pictorial and video evidence to anyone who is interested in understanding the violent and undemocratic nature of Mr. Hichilema which his praise singers are trying to cover up.

    While it is the right of planned protesters to be heard, we are asking the Zambian population in the United Kingdom to shun the planned activity scheduled for tomorrow because it is an effort to tarnish Zambia’s image. Zambians in the Diaspora stand with President Edgar Lungu for ensuring that dual citizenship became a reality, something that no Zambian leader before him had ever done!

    Signed and Issued By: Arnold Zulu (Mr)
    Chairperson – PF in the UK

    Dr. Mutambo
    Vice Chairperson – PF in the UK

    • KwaBulozi   April 20, 2017 at 20:44

      Delusions of grandeur.

      I doubt you even finished school.

      If anything submissions have been made to international bodies about the killings in Mongu and the imprisonment plus subsequent human rights abuses committed by Rupiah Banda and Edgar.

    • Paula   April 20, 2017 at 23:40

      Blah blah blah…sorry what are you going on about? It’s obvious you shared the same womb with Amos Chanda. Fabricating stories. Don’t worry. The world isn’t blind. Your made up stories will come back to haunt you when justice is done.

  18. vuyo   April 20, 2017 at 15:45


  19. Mpundu   April 20, 2017 at 15:09

    Fellow Zambians, let’s demonstrate everywhere and anywhere where the brutal Zambia Police cannot reach us! This is not about HH, not about UPND, not about PF; it is about the breakdown of democratic governance in our once people nation.

  20. Muntu Bulyo   April 20, 2017 at 15:01

    All those living abroad and the international community should know that what we have in Zambia is a click of foreign theives running the affairs of the country. We call upone all Zambians abroad to immulate us in UK regarding what is happening in Zambia. I was home in August last year and the truth is that Lungu never won the elections.

  21. Divide & Rule   April 20, 2017 at 13:45

    A once jewel of peace, is slowly turning into a failed state, when did you ever hear of Zambians abroad protesting at their own embassy against what is happening back home, this bad publicity for a country that need foreign direct investment. The longer they keep HH inside the more impatient people will become, this matter should be soughted urgently.


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