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Hichilema trashes gay rights talk

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Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has strongly refuted media reports that he gave an interview to international news agencies where he declared his support for gay rights.

and Hichilema has hinted that he may take legal action against state broadcaster ZNBC and some individuals publishing allegations that he supports gay rights.

Recently, an article purportedly authored by one Jackie Hweu of the AFP and AP news agencies quoting Hichilema was circulated by the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) through its social media platforms, after which President Edgar Lungu, government spokesperson Dora Siliya, PF media director Sunday Chanda and a host of PF surrogates lined up to issue strong statements denouncing the UPND leader’s alleged support for the LGBTQ community.

Both the AFP and AP news agencies have since disowned the fake story.

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At a media briefing at the UPND Secretariat in Lusaka today, Hichilema categorically stated that he does not support same sex relationships and marriage, saying “I don’t believe God was wrong to create man and woman, male and female”.

The UPND chief stressed that “I do not support same sex relationships. I will never support it. It is part of my personal value systems, in my genetic material, in my psyche, in my philosophical way of seeing things, I do not agree to same sex relationships. I don’t know what others think (about gay rights) and I respect their views but that’s my position.”

Hichilema charged that it was embarrassing for President Lungu and some senior government leaders to get excited and start issuing statements based on false media reports.

“To imagine that someone supposedly occupying the highest office of the land and with all the security apparatus at his disposal is duped to believe and respond to fake news, is a matter that is deeply troubling and should be a source of great concern to all citizens. How many more fake reports has he taken for the gospel truth and wrongly arrived at a bad decision that subsequently negatively affect all Zambians. No wonder the country is in reverse gear.”

He pointed a finger at a clique within the PF made-up of former MMD members who used the same propaganda against then opposition leader Michael Sata prior to the 2011 general elections.

“It’s not a coincidence that Dora Siliya and Sunday Chanda used this same talk against President Michael Sata, which they are now using against me now that they are in the PF. It goes to show that these people are sick, they are sick in the head,” Hichilema said, adding “But they have shot at the wrong target now.”

Meanwhile, Hichilema has acknowledged that he attended a meeting in Italy last week but that it had nothing to do with gay rights rather it was for purposes of reviewing an upcoming book titled ‘Can Africa Become The Next Asia’?

“Nothing concerning gay rights was ever discussed at that meeting,” stated Hichilema.

Zambia goes to the polls in 2021 to elect a new President when the term of office for President Edgar Lungu ends in August.

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4 Responses to Hichilema trashes gay rights talk

  1. same style of decampaing you colleagues ba Pf we know you.WE SHALL VOTE FOR HH KWAMANA

    KAPALAMATUNGA
    September 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm
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  2. Why do people in opposition always want to make refrences to SATA when they face a challenge

    nshilimubemba
    September 28, 2019 at 10:54 am
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  3. the truth of the matter is it also happened to the late mr sata ,as a matter of fact you also know that it never worked. not only that but zambia is faced with numerous problems which requires urgent attention than this. be rest assured that the people of zambia you are fooling have already made up their minds to vote for the man use are insulting day and night.

    blackbull
    September 30, 2019 at 10:30 am
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  4. What shall be really important for Zambia is who will win elections in 2021. If the Zambian people decide on a real national issue that connects them to each other, they will move as one in opposition to that issue and remove the party that brings that issue to bear on them. If they decide that the issue is CORRUPTION they will remove the PF government from power whether we like it or not. If infrastructure development, the roads, the hospitals, the schools will outweigh the charge of corruption, they will retain the PF government in 2021. Zambia is larger than Edgar Lungu or Hakainde Hichilema. The fact that this government is, everyday, being bombarded by hundreds of thousands of attacks on government through social media with allegations of corruption might not necessarily translate into a mass movement against the PF government. Not everybody has a smart phone. But if this message of corruption catches on and is successfully connected to the PF government by the mass of the Zambian people, then the PF and Lungu will have to go. No need for violence.

    Franklin Tembo
    October 8, 2019 at 8:25 am
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