Repressive acts in Zambia similar to Hitler’s dictatorship – HH

Adolf Hitler

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says the sequence of current
repressive acts in Zambia is reminiscent of the advanced
dictatorship of Adolf Hitler in Germany.

And Hichilema has ardently called for action from Zambians
against the bad governance and repression in Zambia.

Meanwhile, the opposition leader has charged that the
Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) is a compromised
extension of the ruling PF but that the “nonsense” it is
perpetrating ought to be stopped.

Addressing journalists at his residence in New Kasama area in
Lusaka today, Hichilema regretted that Zambia had lost values
which were fought for at independence.

“We have lost the very values that we fought for
independence. We have lost freedoms and it is beginning to be
normal – it appears normal in the eyes of a clique in PF. We
are drifting away from what is legal and what is illegal is
beginning to look normal! We have completely lost the freedom
of assembly and if you are not a surrogate of PF, you’ll not
be allowed to assemble, that’s a fact. You will not be
allowed to hold a meeting in a hotel [and] this is the reason
you are seated here (at his residence); we don’t enjoy
calling you here. But we are here because…,”

Hichilema said.

“We used to meet very often at Chainama Hotel but that business
will not be allowed to allow us to meet there. You try to go to
InterContinental Hotel or anywhere, those businesses are afraid
[because] they are told ‘do not host the UPND.’ Why would do
someone take away our fundamental rights?”

He said it was sad that President Edgar Lungu was administering
over a regime that was perpetrating loss of media freedoms.

“But the law says we must have freedom of the press…What
crime has Prime Television committed? We have been saying
‘it’s okay; it a Prime Television issue, it’s okay it’s a
Post and Fred M’membe issue even if they shut The Post’. Then
it was The Post, then Muvi TV, thereafter Komboni radio, then
it was Itezhi tezhi radio and today it is Prime Television!
What sort of human beings are these? Who was The Post
serving? It is Zambians and it didn’t matter whether they
criticised you today; that’s how it is supposed to be! But
The Post brought out issues that protected all of us. But The
Post is today gone. That is what Hitler was doing; today he
says ‘I’m going to clean communists and socialists out of
Germany’ and he did that. Many people, including Jews, were
saying that ‘I’m not a communist and so, it’s okay. Then he
went for the Jews and non-Jews said ‘I’m not a Jew’. Later
on, he went for Germans that did not have a certain colour of
the eyes! That is what is happening here!”

Hichilema said.

And Hichilema assertively urged Zambians to unite to curtail
the PF government’s misrule.

“Today, I’m emphatically calling for action to all the people
of Zambia. Are you not suffering? I’m calling for action to
stop all these things in this government; corruption,
brutality, abuse of our freedoms and everything that is going
bad. I did say that there are now journalists for PF and
journalists for others. But what I’m saying is that you must
all be journalists for the profession. The call to action to us
seated here is that protect each other, the call to action is
that when there is a peaceful demonstration, let us go there.
When MPs are being harassed in Parliament, you must stand with
them and to you MPs, when people outside Parliament are
harassed, don’t say ‘I’m an honourable’. What is honorable in a
dishonourable country? Let’s support each other,” Hichilema

He further reiterated that the Independent Broadcasting
Corporation (IBA) was being run by political cadres who were
determined to serve the interests of the ruling PF.

“We have cadres that are running the IBA and are acting in
the interests of PF. The Republican Constitution was designed
by the people but we have cadres in the IBA who are not
acting in the interests of Zambians. The IBA is an arm of the
PF [and] I put it to the public and the nation and they must
stop this nonsense forthwith! And Kampamba [Mulenga, the
information minister] says HH is interfering with the
operations of the IBA…Niwebo weulechita interfere (it’s you
who is interfering) with the IBA,”

Hichilema explained.

“I know Josephine Mapoma (the IBA director general) and I knew
her when she was a decent professional. But Josephine, this is
unacceptable! You cannot chair the IBA and use the IBA to serve
people in PF because you are there to serve the people of
Zambia. Stop what you are doing! I call on Zambians to stop
saying that this is a Prime Television issue. When The Post was
closed, Zambians were saying ‘it’s Fred M’membe issue’ and what
institution did they use? They used the ZRA but I say to ZRA
that please remember that you work for the people of Zambia,
you don’t work for [Edgar] Lungu – let alone, in terms of the
police, working for people like Steven Kampyongo.”

He also lamented that there was selective application of the
public order Act such that “PF thugs carry guns and can shoot
at anyone because they know that there is nothing that can
happen to them.”

Hichilema said there was now a nationally accepted view that
there was deep-rooted corruption under President Lungu’s

Earlier, UPND national chairman Mutale Nalumango charged that
“we are in a Zambia that is unrecognizable”.

“We are in a Zambia that 10 years ago, one would not have
thought we would be here; were not in a democratic country, a
growing democracy and those of age and a little longer,
expected us to get better today. The application of the public
order Act is not just repressive – if it was, it would be so to
everyone. It is so selective!” said Nalumango.

“Today Patriotic, Front cadres demonstrate anywhere, can hold
a meeting anywhere and can do anything anywhere without being
arrested. But the rest of us, particularly the UPND that
gives the PF sleepless nights, can’t be allowed [to hold
political meetings]. This is not the Zambia that we want and
Zambians, wake up! Don’t keep [on] watching and speak against
oppression. There is oppression in our country and we should
not allow, Zambians.”

Joe Mwale, Major Richard Kachingwe, secretary general Steven
Katuka, party spokesperson Charles Kakoma and a horde of UPND
members of parliament attended the briefing.