Zambia’s opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, has said he is ready to die for his country and he won’t be intimidated by government tactics to silence him.
The leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), has been ordered to appear before police next week on allegations that he instigated last week’s riots in Kitwe, the Zambian Observer reported.
He has rejected the accusations and said he was ready to face the police for interrogation and vowed that he “will continue speaking for the people as long as he is alive”.
He has accused Edgar Lungu’s government of intimidation tactics and he further asserted that he is a convenient scapegoat for all of Zambia’s problems.
“They are blaming the collapsing economy on HH, if the kwacha falls it’s HH, the death of Vespers is HH, the riots in Kitwe is HH; everything is HH, even when the rains are delayed, the blame will be on HH,” he stated.
He has refused to back down and maintains that he will continue to look out for the interest of Zambians..
“Let me tell you something about this ZAFFICO scandal, we are far ahead of them. We know exactly what they (the government) are doing,” said Hichilema.
“The Chinese purchased ZAFFICO for planting makula trees but instead are secretly mining gold and copper there at night, alleges the opposition.”
-African News Agency