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Hichilema's 'Divisive' Politics Not Helpful To Zimbabwe: IPD


BY JAMES MUONWA

THE leader of Ideas Party of Democracy (IPD) of Zimbabwe, Herbert Chamuka 

says new Zambian president Haikinde Hichilema employs divisive politics, 

which have huge potential to trigger widespread mass protests against 

sitting governments across the African continent.

The opposition Zimbabwean politician, who is based in South Africa, claims 

he recently received an invitation to attend Hichilema's inauguration 

ceremony following his triumph over outgoing president Edgar Lungu, whom he 

defeated by nearly a million ballots in the August 12 elections.

Chamuka, who is little-known in his home country, told NewsAnchor he 

snubbed the presidential inauguration in the neighbouring country as 

attending was rubber-stamping "treachery against Africans."

Said Chamuka, "My view is that Hichilema's election was good for Zambians, 

but l am warning him that what he doing has potential to destabilise or 

divide African countries, especially by inviting opposition political party 

leaders to his inauguration.

"I myself, got an invitation letter which l have in my possession right 

now, but as an opposition leader from Zimbabwe l am not attending 

Hichilema's inauguration. What we know in Zimbabwe is the winning 

presidential candidate in the previous election was President Emmerson 

Mnangagwa, therefore, he should invite Mnangagwa only."

He added, "Hichilema is sowing seeds of division and promoting bad blood 

between Mnangagwa, Zanu PF on one hand and Chamisa of MDC Alliance on the 

other. He is not respecting the rule of law in Zimbabwe."

The opposition leader said Hichilema's politics was not helpful to 

Zimbabwe, and Africa as a whole.

"We don't want somebody who divides Zimbabweans, but unites them. Not 

someone who divides Africans but who brings them together as Africans."

Chamuka went on to explain why he was not showing up at the impending 

inauguration.

"Why am l not going? The reason is if he invites the likes of Maimane, 

Julius Malema (Economic Freedom Fighters) and Nelson Chamisa of the MDC 

Alliance to attend his inauguration shows he wants to promote divisions.

"While his struggles to land the presidency resonates with other opposition 

political figures, after winning the Zambian presidency what he should have 

done was to invite Heads of States and proffer advise and encourage 

politics of non-violence, lawlessness, to opposition political parties 

inorder to give them mojo and strategy on how to win since he won 

resoundingly."

Chamuka alleges the new Zambian leader affectionately known as "HH", who 

won after almost one-and-half decades of challenging the presidency on six 

occasions, was a traitor working with Western imperial superpowers bent on 

foisting white supremacy on African countries.

"I want to warn him (Hichilema) that his treachery and connivance with 

Western countries that saw him ascend to the presidency must end now that 

he has won. 

"This is likely to split the continent and lead to mass demonstrations 

across Africa as opposition political parties fancy themselves in control 

and more popular. We are encouraging peace, therefore, Hichilema must stop 

working with opposition movements and desist from seeking fame and glory 

which he has already managed by winning elections. What we want is peace."

Chamuka took potshots at Chamisa alleging MDC Alliance relies on violence, 

while its leaders called for "illegal" sanctions that were hurting the 

country's economy and had compromised people's livelihoods.

Chamuka is not new to controversy, recently he was in the media calling on 

government to extend political party funding to all parties to enable them 

to campaign in the run-up to elections.

Currently, political party funding is disbursed to parties with five 

percent parliamentary votes, a situation that leaves the bigger chunk of 

parties without resources to mount strong campaigns.

Currently, the ruling Zanu-PF and opposition MDC Alliance share the party 

funding between themselves.

In 2018, more than 100 political parties contested for various seats around 

the country but only three parties are represented in the House of Assembly 

which is controlled by Zanu-PF.




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