Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change-MDC, has observed that Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu is one of the most democratic leaders in Africa.
Addressing Political Science students at his party secretariat in Harare who were on a study tour from South Africa, Namibia and Ghana, Chamisa told the group that having been a keen follower of African politics, he was of the view that President Edgar Lungu stood out when it came it upholding democracy.
The MDC leader said the opposition in Zambia should be grateful to their head of state for ensuring that their democratic rights are respected even when they sometimes go overboard in providing checks and balances to the Government of the day.
Chamisa also cited the Mongu incident where the opposition UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema deliberately obstructed the presidential motorcade saying the offender would not have walked to freedom had it been in other countries.
He said despite being insulted by overzealous politicans, President Lungu has demonstrated that has a bigger chest adding that democracies in Africa required leaders of that nature and phlegm.
“I am keen follower of African politics and a democrat at heart and from where I stand stand, the President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu stands out as one of the most democratic leaders on the continent, no doubt about that. Regardless of the Insults from his opponents, the man does not retaliate using state Institutions, we haven’t seen any heavy-handedness in the manner he deals with critical leaders of the Opposition. Take for example, that incident where someone obstructed the presidential motorcade. I can assure you, that leader wouldn’t have walked to freedom, let alone survive if it were in other jurisdictions,” Chamisa explained.