SOUTH Africa’s EFF leader Julius Malema Malema has turned down President Edgar Lungu’s summon for a meeting.
Democratic Alliance’s Mmusi Maimane was the first to reject the summon in the morning, saying he will only meet President Lungu to discuss his governance style if the Head of State is ready to condemn the arrest of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and five others over alleged treason.
President Lungu, who is already in South Africa for the SADC Heads of State summit, has summoned Malema and Maimane to understand their concerns about Zambia.
He instructed the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa to facilitate a meeting with Malema and Maimane during his stay there because the two South African opposition leaders had continued to criticize his government.
President Lungu claimed that the two opposition parties had appeared to disrespect the sovereignty of Zambia and had interfered in the domestic affairs of countries like Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
He said the two parties were creating a dangerous precedence that was likely to encourage political interference across borders.
But Malema has told SABC News that he can only attend a proper meeting with President Lungu.
The EFF has been granted a request for a solidarity protest against the rise of dictatorship in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe on the sidelines of the SADC Heads of State meeting in Pretoria.