Constitutional court cautioned over Hichilema

IT will be difficult for supporters of President Edgar Lungu to accept the ruling of the Constitutional Court if it nullifies his election because UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema on August 9 told his supporters that even if President Lungu wins the August 11 election, his election will be nullified.

Association of Vendors and Marketeers (AVEMA) President Able Chikwa said if the Constitutional Court nullifies the election of Mr Lungu as republican President, then Mr Hakainde’s prediction would come to pass, a situation which would raise questions regarding the relationship between the UPND leader and the Court.

On August 9, during a meeting at Moba Hotel, Mr Hchilema urged the electorate not to vote for the PF presidential candidate Edgar Lungu in August 11 elections because even if he was voted into government, the Constitutional Court would nullify his election.

At the same meeting, Mr Hichilema also said that he would not concede defeat if he lost the August 11 general elections because President Lungu had no chance of winning.

But, Mr Chikwa said following the statements that Mr Hichilema made before the elections, it would be difficult for supporters of President Lungu to accept the ruling of the Constitutional Court if it nullified his election.

“We know that President Lungu won the elections which were declared free and fair by the International Observers.

You even saw the euphoria which was there after President Lungu was declared winner.

So, as supporters of President Lungu, we are peaceful.

“But, one thing I am telling you is that it will be difficult for us, to accept the ruling of the Constitutional Court if it nullifies his election.

We will find it difficult because on August 9 Mr Hichilema told his supporters that even if President Lungu wins the August 11 election, his election will be nullified.

“If President Lungu’s election is nullified as Hakainde predicted, then we will ask ourselves what is the relationship between the UPND leader and the Constitutional Court. We will be asking whether it was a planned thing,” Mr Chikwa said.

He said Zambia was a peaceful country and whoever would try to plunge Zambia into chaos would be judged by his actions which were aimed at satisfying few selfish individuals.

He said Hakainde had always been saying that he would not accept the outcome of the August 11 elections even before the elections were conducted, therefore, his cries after losing the elections were not surprising.

“Yes, his cries are not surprising, but we will not allow a situation where he forces things to go his way. You don’t force yourself on people to the level of predicting Armageddon or mayhem. No! We don’t want confusion in Zambia,” he said.

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