Zambia’s ex-President, Edgar Lungu, has urged residents to demand an early election, alleging that his successor, Hakainde Hichilema (HH), has mismanaged the nation’s economic system.
Lungu additionally criticized Hichilema for his dealing with of the cholera outbreak, which has claimed practically 600 lives since October.
Addressing the general public on Wednesday, Lungu emphasised the necessity for Zambians to exert strain on President Hichilema, stating that an early election is “crucial.” He urged residents to vocalize their demand for Hichilema’s resignation and the initiation of early elections.
Responding swiftly to Lungu’s statements, authorities spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa dismissed the allegations, urging Zambians to afford the president ample time to satisfy his marketing campaign guarantees. Mweetwa additionally accused the previous president of damaging the nation’s economic system throughout his six-year tenure.
Lungu, who introduced his political comeback in October, confronted the consequence of the federal government withdrawing his retirement advantages.
Having retired from politics in 2021 following a major defeat within the presidential election, Lungu’s return units the stage for a probably contentious 2026 presidential race.
As tensions escalate between the previous and present leaders, Zambians discover themselves on the crossroads of political choices that can form the nation’s future.