Elections: Zambian president threatens opposition

2016-06-22 13:43
Edgar Lungu. (File: AP)

Edgar Lungu. (File: AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lusaka - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has been caught up in a war of words with opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema, with the two political leaders labelling each other as "stupid", The Post reports.

Lungu called Hichilema stupid for not conceding defeat already in the upcoming August 11 general elections race and threatened to instruct the police command to "sort out" the opposition.

Lungu said this during a campaign rally in the capital Lusaka over the weekend.

The president indicated that he would deal with Hichilema if he refused to concede defeat.

In his response, however, Hichilema said that he was not intimidated by the head of state's "idle threats" and said that Lungu was stupid for using state institutions like the police to intimidate voters.

The UPND leader claimed that the president was hiring and firing police officials on the basis of whether they were willing to carry out his commands of intimidation, by beating opposition supporters.

News24 reported previously that Lungu was expected by many to come out victorious in the upcoming general elections.

Lungu has proclaimed that the elections would be free and fair.


Read more on:    pf  |  upnd  |  hakainde hichilema  |  edgar lungu  |  zambia  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.