Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema has prevented former former President Lungu from traveling to South Africa for medical attention.
Last week, Hichilema regime used police to stop Lungu from attending a church event.On 4 September, President Hichilema denounced alleged coup plotters who he claimed were planning to undermine the country’s democratic rule and stability by illegally seizing power.
Coming after a string of military coups in West African countries, including Guinea, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Gabon, his comments have attracted widespread attention across the continent and beyond.
It is not clear why he sounded the warning, but it comes in the aftermath of several recent coups in Francophone Africa and complaints at home about the rising cost of living.
“To colleagues that think, we are timid by being kind and that they can break the laws and entertain thoughts of illegal takeover of government including undemocratic coup d’état… we are coming for you,” he said.
Since gaining independence in 1964, Zambia has never experienced military rule, though there have been several foiled coup attempts.
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