President Edgar Lungu has arrived in South Africa and summoned two South African opposition leaders Julius Malema and Mmusi Maimane.
Malema leader of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and his Democratic Alliance counterpart Maimane had been among those calling for the release of Hakainde Hichilema of the opposition UPND who was incarcerated on treason charges.
Hichilema was released this week on Wednesday after spending 127 days in prison after the state had no evidence to proceed with trial.
Ariving in South Africa Friday evening for a SADC Summit, President Lungu said he was summoning the two leading opposition leaders for a meeting.
This is contained in a press statement below:
PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU SUMMONS OPPOSITION EFF& DA LEADERS
Pretoria-Friday 18th August 2017
Zambia’s President, Mr. Edgar Lungu has summoned for a meeting, opposition leaders in South Africa who have been making remarks against Zambia.
President Lungu said this when he was welcomed by a cheering crowd upon arrival at a named Hotel.
He said that he had instructed the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa to facilitate such a meeting with Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema and his Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane during his stay in South Africa.
He expressed concern that the two opposition parties appeared to disrespect the sovereignty of Zambia and had interfered in the domestic affairs of countries like Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
He said he was keen to engage the two opposition leaders to understand their concerns about Zambia.
He said the two parties were creating a dangerous precedence that was likely to encourage political interference across borders.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba said that his office had started the process of preparing for the proposed meetings.