Mbeki intervention sought in Zambia’s problemsFrom ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – THE political tensions in Zambia could degenerate into a full-blown crisis, opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has warned.
He claimed he was snubbed in talks to ease simmering crisis.
Hichilema lost elections held two weeks ago amid claims of vote rigging claims. Post-election violence has been experienced in some parts of Zambia.
The main opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader insisted if President Edgar Lungu, who won a closely-fought contest, continued to snub him, chaos would ensue.
The disgruntled Hichilema insisted the international community should act fast to resolve the impasse.
Addressing journalists in the capital Lusaka, Hichilema, said urgent negotiations were required.
He proposed the involvement of former South African president Thabo Mbeki to assist in finding a solution.
Mbeki is credited with finding a political solution in Zimbabwe where a disputed poll in 2008 resulted in bloodshed.
Mediation efforts by Mbeki led to the formation of an inclusive government between warring parties.
However, the ruling Zambian Patriotic Front (PF) has dismissed Hichilema’s call for peace talks.
PF secretary-general, Davies Chama, accused him of being a “media attention seeker.”
– CAJ News
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