Zambian rulers unhappy with Obasanjo for asking them respect rule of law

The Zambian regime will complain to the Nigerian authorities following a statement from that country’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the political situation in the country.

Last week, the former Nigerian leader appealed to the Zambian government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights principles in dealing with opposition political parties following the arrest of the country’s leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who has been charged with treason.

In a statement released by his media aide, Obasanjo said it was in the best interest of the country to maintain the rule of law and human rights principles which were a recipe for peace, stability and development not only in Zambia but the entire African continent.

But Amos Chanda, the presidential spokesperson told journalists Tuesday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been instructed to write a letter of complaint to the Nigerian government over the conduct of the former leader which is being seen as interference.

He said the former Nigerian leader should not be dictating what was happening in Zambia as the arrest of the opposition leader has nothing to do with political persecution but borders on criminal conduct.

The presidential spokesperson further urged diplomats accredited to Zambia to use the right channels to air their views on the current political situation in the country instead of rushing to the media.

He further urged the diplomats to allow the due process of the law to take its course in the treason case involving the opposition leader.

The United States and the European Union (EU) have issued statements expressed concern over the heightened political tension in the country.

There have been reports that the arrest of Hichilema was politically motivated following his decision not to recognize President Edgar Lungu’s victory in last year’s presidential election.

Hichilema, who narrowly lost to Lungu, has refused to recognize as winner, saying the vote was stolen.

But the presidential spokesperson said Lungu has no hand in directing the police to arrest the opposition leader, saying the police were working independently.

Lungu will also not interfere in the court process, he added.

Hichilema was arrested last week after police raided his house in Lusaka, the country’s capital.

He appeared in court on Tuesday morning where for mention and explanation of the treason charge he has been slapped together with five others.

But knowing Chanda, once it backfires he will say he did not direct the ministry of home affairs. He will say they are working independently.

In any case, what does he expect the Nigerian government to do, arrest Obasanjo?

Source: Xinhua/


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    Sam 11 months

    foolish lungu regime…. condemned from the time he became PF so called president upto now

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    FuManchu 11 months

    Waste of time, what does state house and Foreign Affairs ministry expect from the Nigerian government? Guess more letters will be written, the second instruction being for Raila Odinga of Kenya!

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    Tallone 11 months

    Amos Chanda as usual speaking from his armpits. Since Lungu is a dictator and trying to shutdown the Zambian people’s voices and the press, he thinks that should also extend to the rest of the world. People around the world are watching what has been happening in Zambia since the August elections. Remember Zambia was always known as being one of the few peaceful countries in Africa. Lunga has taken that away and it’s all because he got greedy and is surrounded by greedy people like Amos, Kaizer, Rupiah, Mugabe and lord knows which other creatures. Let Obasanjo speak his mind. He has got the right to do so. After all it’s clear to those who are intelligent that HH’s arrest and detention is politically motivated. Lungu has failed to run the country. Issuing letters to Nigerian government isn’t going improve conditions for patients in government hospitals, or bring down prices of food/fuel/ electricity/education etc.

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    Maduu 11 months

    “The police is working independently” This shows that we dont have a government in place. I agree with Amos Chanda because the behavior and conduct of the Zambian police is all about confussions. They have no direction. May i find out, who are these rulers not happy with former president- Obasanjo’s comments on Zambia’s politics?

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    Keen Follower 11 months

    What can come out of a mushanga seller(street ciggerate seller) at state house!

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    GBM for UPND PRESIDENT !! 11 months

    Obasanjo took over power in a bloody coup, so he should be the last person to defend Treason

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      Neutral 11 months

      Was it Obasanjo who orchestrated the bloody coup against Muritala Muhammed or was it Buka Suka Dimka? I thought Obasanjo and TY Danjuma suppressed the Dimka coup to preserve national peace. He was only made President after Dimka had successfully assassinated Murtala Muhammed and the heir apparent TY Danjuma declined to take the throne preferring to follow hierarchical succession. Obasanjo being the Vice to late Murtala then automatically became Head of state. His only involvement in a coup was 6 months earlier in July 1975 when notorious Muritala Muhammed overthrow Yakubu Gowon in a bloodless coup OBJ became his Chief Of Staff, Supreme Headquarters i.e. de facto Vice President . He merely supported the coup but never actively participated.Get your facts right, buddy!

      Like Alhaji Abdulsalami Abububaker handed over power to Civilians in 1999 Obasanjo kept his word and handed over power to Civilians 20 years earlier in 1979. So despite being a military man Lt. General Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo is a true democrat!

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        Ba Muzo 11 months

        Bear with PF cadres. Most flunked G12 anyway. Even Chagwa’s law degree is suspect.

        Obasanjo did not overthrow anyone but took over from Murtala who was killed. Obasanjo handed over to a civillian government and contested later as a civillian and won.

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    Former presidents are there for their wisdom to advise like in this case and not just getting interested in being shielded for criminal records like some of these around.

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    Zambian 11 months

    This is so embarrassing to read.