By Nancy Samuriwo
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday held a 30-minutes meeting with Zambia’s new President Hakainde Hichilema, in which he “lectured” to Hichilema that the democracy existing in the SADC region is already more mature than “what the US want to teach us”
President Mnangagwa supported his point saying that when US Presidet Joe Biden was inaugurated this year, his predecessor Donald Trump snubbed the event in bitterness, yet Edgar Lungu handed power to Hichilema without any animosity.
President Mnangagwa was among the 10 Heads of State and dignitaries who attended Hichilema’s inauguration at the National Heroes’ Stadium, and the meeting between the two leaders took place after the inauguration, Lusaka Times reported this Friday.
According to the publication, Mnangagwa and Hichilema agreed to reactivate joint commissions and implement a series of agreements.
Mnangagwa also attacked the West for interfering with democratic processes in African countries.
“I am very happy President Hichilema showed that he is very focused to make sure that we implement those issues to benefit our people. Today we have witnessed the inauguration of the seventh Executive President of Zambia but this is the third republic because they had some leaders who came from the same political parties,” said Mnangagwa.
“I can mention that as SADC we are more civilised. When (US) President (Joe) Biden was inaugurated this year in January, Donald Trump boycotted. But we can see here Edgar Lungu accepting defeat and agreeing to the transfer of power and giving instruments of power to the incoming president.
“This shows how much democracy has matured in our region compared to the Western countries which want to teach us democracy,” said Mnangagwa, according to the report.
The publication further reports that “Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba threw all decorum and etiquette expected of him out the window hours before new Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema was inaugurated Tuesday, calling him a sellout.
“At the time President Mnangagwa and Charamba were in Zambia Monday and Tuesday for Hichilema’s inauguration,” reads the report.
Charamba has been unrelenting all week in his attacks on opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, calling him and his allies sellouts.
Yesterday, close ally of President Mnangagwa, Gokwe-Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena, warned Government and ruling party officials that constantly attacking Chamisa would backfire in 2023.
Wadyajena said voters were not fools and it was better to expend energy selling the party’s policies and achievements than attacking Chamisa, who could simply be ignored and left to “die politically” on his own.