South Africa President Jacob Zuma discussed the deteriorating political situation in Zambia with his counterpart in that country and former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo, according to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). And contrary to lies being peddled by dictator Edgar Lungu’s personal loud speaker Amos Chanda, Obasanjo did not say anything about Hakainde Hichilema recognising Lungu as duly elected president. The truth is that Obasanjo was in the entourage of Zuma as part of a loose international team of eminent citizens that has been constituted to resolve the Zambian crisis.
Obasanjo will therefore report to or has reported to President Zuma on what he discussed with HH and not to Amos Chanda. Note that Lungu allowed Obasanjo to visit HH because Zuma demanded so and Lungu had no choice but to order ZAF to fly him to Mukobeko. As you should be aware, the PF regime has been accusing Obasanjo of interfering in Zambian affairs and has officially complained to Nigeria but suddenly they gave him a helicopter to go and visit HH in prison? Remember the same regime blocked SA opposition leader Mmusi Aloysias Maimane from visiting HH in prison so why would they suddenly allow Obasanjo? Lungu was not even aware that Obasanjo was coming.
The SABC reports that Zuma’s main reason for travelling to Zambia was to discuss the political crisis. ‘President Zuma was on Saturday on a working visit to Zambia where bi-lateral relations between the two countries were also under the spotlight. The incarceration of opposition party leader Hakainde Hichilema since April this year on charges of treason and the country’s state of emergency were central to discussions,’ reports the SABC.
The SABC however says President Zuma was tight lipped regarding the details. The Watchdog however understands that Zuma and Obasanjo made it clear that Africa will not allow Lungu to destroy Zambia and that is what made Lungu throw tantrums such as saying that HH should provide rigging evidence to journalists instead of the court. Lungu said after HH gives evidence to journalists, then the journalists should give that evidence to him. Zuma will take over as chairperson of the SADC this month and will use the position to promote democracy in the region by confronting dictators. But the biggest concern for Zuma and South Africa at large is that a civil strife in Zambia will directly affect South Africa. South Africans know that if Zambia breaks up, most Zambians will run to South Africa for refugee and having borne the brunt of the Zimbabwean crisis, South African would would not want to see a repeat.
After the main business, ‘The President (Zuma) also found time to attend Zambia’s Agricultural and Commercial show as a guest of honour as well as pay a courtesy visit to Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda,’ reports the SABC