Forget about human rights, bear with me if I become a dictator – Lungu

FORGET about human rights; if it means taking measures that are unprecedented we will do just that, President Edgar Lungu has warned following the fire that has gutted part of Lusaka’s City Market.


And President Lungu says if he becomes a dictator for once, Zambians need to bear with him.

Speaking on arrival from Addis Ababa this evening, President Lungu warned that some people would have to lose their rights.


If it means suspending human rights then we will suspend human rights. Forget about human rights, President Lungu said.

He said government had put measures in place to act against acts of destruction to public property.

If it means taking measures which are unprecedented we will do just that…so if i become a dictator for once, bear with me, President Lungu said.


He, however, said he was waiting to be briefed on measures that had been put in place to curb further acts.

“I do not want to pre-empt the measures we have put in place to up the game and we have done that. But I will wait to be briefed…,” President Lungu said.

And speaking after visiting City Market, President Lungu assured traders who lost their property in an inferno that government would compensate their loss.


“We will see how we can look into the plight of the people and compensate their loss,” said President Lungu.



“Please do not take the law in your hands, ubuteko nabukwata amaka.” Goods worth an undisclosed sum got burnt this morning at City Market in a fire whose cause is not yet known.

However, President Lungu, Vice-President Inonge Wina and other PF functionaries have pointed to economic sabotage without having to wait for a full report of the cause of fire.

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