Don’t force me to declare state of emergency – Lungu

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President Edgar Lungu has now warned he will be forced to declare a state of emergency if violence continues in some parts of the country.

There have been some riots in some parts of the country including the capital, Lusaka following the arrest of opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema who has been charged with treason.

President Lungu sounded the warning today, Thursday, April 20, 2017 upon arrival in Livingstone.

The President said if the acts of arson and unlawful order continues he would be forced to declare a state of emergency.

President Lungu noted that such actions have left poor civilians to suffer as markets and shops which are being targeted belonged to civilians.

Government or division of government (i.e. on a municipal, provincial/state level) may declare that their area is in a state of emergency.

This means that the government can suspend and/or change some functions of the executive, the legislative and/or the judiciary during this period of time.

It alerts citizens to change their normal behavior and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans.

A government can declare a state of emergency during a time of natural or human-made disaster.

President Lungu also noted that police had been very tolerant in previous years towards UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema as he has so often broken the law.

However President Lungu said he would at no point interfere in the legal process of the incarcerated UPND leader and would allow the law to take its cause.

President Lungu mocked Hichilema who had called on all his international friends to condemn, government for his arrest.

President Lungu noted that such calls even by the international community do not shake him or government because Zambia is a sovereign state.

He also not that Hichilema was only facing arrest because he had broken the law as is the norm for any person who breaks the law.

President Lungu is in Southern province to inspect development projects and will also meet some traditional leaders.


7 Responses to Don’t force me to declare state of emergency – Lungu

  1. “He also not[ed] that Hichilema was only facing arrest because he had broken the law as is the norm for any person who breaks the law.”-Edgar Lungu

    Has HH “broken the law”? Has the court made a ruling yet? Is this matter not under judicial consideration? Why does Edgar Lungu seek to prejudice this matter?

    Is this not shocking to anyone that Edgar Lungu is terribly incompetent in matters of governance and the law? Now pardon me–why is Edgar Lungu commenting on an issue before the court? Is Edgar Lungu above the law? It is really terrible–and we should all be ashamed that the so-called leader of Zambia is ignorant of his ignorance of the fact that matters before the courts of law are considered sub-judice. He should not comment on them. HH is still considered a suspect or innocent until the court proves HH guilty or until he has pleaded guilty.

    Banda P
    April 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    • I love it “bro” this is like giving a gun to a mad person..wld you safely get it back in peace ?

      Dogs @ work
      April 21, 2017 at 12:07 pm

  2. You will cry like baby one day!

    Sam fourie
    April 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    • Sam Fourie: So we should live lawless lives disregarding courts of law so vital for orderly societies–the way backward countries ignore them, where thugs say anything and oppress their people, and so keep these countries perpetually backward? Here is a beautiful rendering from Lord Diplock on comment of matters before the courts. It will refresh you as well, and liberate many from unnecessary ignorance.

      “The due administration of justice requires first that all citizens have unhindered access to the constitutionally established courts of criminal or civil jurisdiction for the determination of disputes as to their legal rights and liabilities; secondly, that they should be able to rely upon obtaining in the courts the arbitrament of a tribunal which is free from bias against any party and whose decision will be based upon those facts only that have been proved in evidence adduced before it in accordance with the procedure adopted in courts of law; and thirdly, that,once the dispute has been submitted to a court of law, they should be able to rely upon there being no usurpation by any other person of the function of that court to decide it according to
      law. Conduct which is calculated to prejudice any of these three requirements or to undermine the public confidence that they will be observed is contempt of court”[[emphasis mine]

      Banda P
      April 20, 2017 at 9:10 pm

  3. Go ahead Lungu declare a state of emergency.. we are stronger together. Forward Chabe..

    April 21, 2017 at 12:14 am

  4. Aleisa

    April 21, 2017 at 12:15 am

  5. How did we end up with this idiot as president? Issuing of threats day in day out will never develop Zambia. How do you have a president going around talking about how powerful and humble he was. Why is he talking about HH? He is simply a dirty bankum who shouldnt have been president in the first place. Why he talks about being powerful stems from his inferiority complex. Why he threatens is because he is not in control of government and wants you to believe that he is in charge. He is merely a proxy for people pulling the strings behind him. They control every move he makes to the detriment of the couintry for thay are a bunch of selfish thieves and we know them.

    April 21, 2017 at 6:45 am

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