SOUTHERN Africa Network Against Corruption director Gregory Chifire says President Edgar Lungu’s condemnation of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa is hollow and empty as the man has been at the centre of meting out injustice on poor Zambians.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe opposition leader Tendai Biti rubbished President Lungu’s condemnation of violent attacks against foreign Africans in South Africa.
Chifire, in exile, said under President Lungu’s reign police had killed Mapenzi Chibulo, Vespers Shimunzhila and many others thus his words on what is happening in South Africa meant nothing.
“Inasmuch as we appreciate President Lungu’s condemnation of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, his words are hollow and empty. They mean nothing. The man is a hypocrite. He has been at the centre of meting out injustice on poor Zambians,” he said
Chifire wondered how President Lungu would condemn the violence in South Africa when his cadres maim citizens with utmost pleasure.
“Edgar can fool the world but not some of us. Through his police, he has killed Mapenzi Chibulo, Vespers Shimunzhila and many others. His cadres can maim citizens with utmost pleasure. He persecutes his opponents without remorse,” he said. “His human rights record falls far below the minimum acceptable standards. What criminals are doing in South Africa is what his cadres and partisan police are doing here, if not worse, but with his express permission.”
Chifire said the people that have died in Zambia due to President Lungu’s corruption and mis-governance outnumbers the horrendous activities of South Africa’s xenophobia.
He said while President Lungu preaches about defending democracy and human rights, he was the chief abuser of his people.
“If we are to be honest with ourselves, the numbers of people that have died in Zambia due to Lungu’s corruption and mis-governance far outnumber the horrendous activities of South Africa’s xenophobia. Edgar is xenophobia personified. He just deceives people because he portrays looks of humility but the humble he looks, the brutal he is,” Chifire said. “The man pontificates about as a defender of democracy and human rights, when in fact he is the chief abuser of his people. Democracy has been in peril since his ascendance to power.”
He noted that despite the severe situation in the country, President Lungu had refused to declare the hunger a disaster.
“Right now many Zambians are at the verge of dying from hunger and starvation due to high prices of mealie-meal. Our people are dying of hunger because they did not harvest due to drought, our people are dying because of Edgar’s poor agriculture policy,” he said. “Imagine, despite there having been a drought in some parts of the country last farming season, the man has deliberately refused to declare hunger a national disaster to attract international support because most of the areas that faced drought did not vote for him. The man simply doesn’t care. He has no good intentions for the people in those areas.”
Chifire charged that President Lungu had created an incubator for corruption.
He said President Lungu’s corruption had killed more people than have the xenophobia and malaria put together.
“Oh, God, oh God. What sin did we commit to deserve this punishment; it is too heavy to bear. Our God who sits in heaven, the way you heard the cries of the children of Israel, please, hear us,” said Chifire.
And Biti told President Lungu that humanity begins at home.
“Ubuntu begins at home Mr President. A year ago this time you violently ejected me from your country despite a court order, despite threats to my life and the fact that under international law & indeed under Zambian law refoulment of an asylum seeker is not permitted,” said Biti via Twitter.