By NATION REPORTER
POLITICAL artilleries are surrounding former President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s camp and this is a disturbing development which threatens unity of purpose in the country, former Defence Minister George Mpombo has said.
And Dr Mpombo has asked the SADC to intervene in some obvious atrocities to which some former leaders are being subjected to.
He said the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) should stand up against this flagrant abuse of power in the region.
“In Botswana far-fetched charges have been framed against former President Ian Khama, SADC risks becoming a moribund political talking shop which is abetting political impunity of political opponents in the region through its wall of silence,” he said.
Mr Mpombo said it was evident that there were a number of political forces that were targeted at the former head of State, and his close associates.
In was responding to the reported summoning of former Mr Lungu’s son Dalitso by the Joint Investigative wings to appear before them on Wednesday for questioning.
But Mr Mpombo said that this was a clear and absolutely unambiguous sign that power was being abused.
And Zambia Republican Party president (ZRP) Wright Musoma said that it was clear that President Hakainde Hichilema was the one behind the persecutions.
He said the head of State was scared of his predecessor and that was the reason why he wanted to silence him at all cost.
Mr Musoma said that his predecessor gave up power willingly despite a number of issues like the killing of PF officials during the August 12 elections.
“If it were me, I was not going to hand over power willingly and graciously because I would have called off the elections,” he said.
He said that he was aware that there were individuals at DEC and other investigative wings but that they needed to be very cautious because governments change.
Mr Musoma said the more they tried to paint him black the more people loved him and that he was fighting Mr Lungu’s popularity.
He said Mr Hichilema needed to engage his predecessor to get advice over a number of issues that were affecting the country.
“His government is so scared because they are not attaining the promises they gave to Zambians and his actions are making people stubborn,” he said.
Mr Musoma said Mr Hichilema needed to know that what he was doing to his friend would be done to him one day, so he needed to tread carefully when handling his predecessor.