HH shocks diplomats

 

HAKAINDE Hichilema on Friday shocked diplomats when he went ballistic before arrogantly refusing to sign the peace treaty prepared by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) on account  among other demands that the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has closed The Post Newspaper which owes the State K53 million in tax debts.

Mr Hichilema is reported to have exhibited the highest levels of disrespect to diplomats including United Nations Regional Coordinator Janet Rogan, Commonwealth Special Advisor on Political Dialogue Professor Ibrahim Gambari, President Edgar Lungu and ECZ chairperson Justice Essau Chulu.

Mr Hichilema, who was among other political party leaders that attended the ECZ presidential candidates’ meeting on Friday, became hysterical and exhibited

 

 

pomposity and was dismissive of Justice  Chulu, Ambassadors Rogan and Gambari forcing President Lungu to call the opposition leader to order.

Sources that attended the ECZ presidential candidates meeting have revealed to the Daily Nation that Mr Hichilema was rude to diplomats and other leaders from political parties much to the shock of envoys and the ECZ.

The sources said Mr Hichilema is said to have accused President Lungu of having closed The Post Newspaper and he declined to sign the Peace Accord and vowed that he would only sign the peace treaty if the newspaper was opened.

The sources said one of the diplomats was heard wondering whether Mr Hichilema wanted the August general elections to be held under his terms and not according to the laws and rules governing the electoral process.

“Mr Hichilema walked into the ECZ presidential candidates’ meeting with pomposity and an air of arrogance.

He was dismissive of every one including Janet Rogan, the UN Resident Coordinator, Pro Ibrahim Gambari, the Commonwealth Special Advisor on Political Dialogue as well as President Lungu. He literally abused everyone and President Lungu realised it was getting out of hand and called Mr Hichilema to order.

The diplomats were utterly shocked and Ms Rogan was heard wondering whether Mr Hichilema wanted the elections to be held under his terms. He even refused to sign the Peace Accord because ZRA had closed The Post Newspaper,” the sources said.

The sources said Mr Hichilema also demanded that the ECZ should guarantee his campaign rallies before he could sign the peace treaty effectively refusing to renounce violence for which the UPND has been accused of perpetrating.

6 thoughts on “HH shocks diplomats

  1. This is a very emotional time for everyone..I dnt agree with HH’s attitude but there is a lot going on politically in Zed right now..I recall some outbursts from the late MCS as well and that just shows us people that no one is perfect..

  2. WE KNOW HE IS ARROGANT, BUT TO GO AND EXHIBIT HIS ARROGANCE BEFORE VERY IMPORTANT WORLD LEADERS, SHOWS HIS HOPELESS ATTITUDE, GREED AND SELFISHNESS. HE CANT WIN ANY ELECTION IN ZAMBIA.

  3. Is it that people have decided to pretend not to have seen this or they can find better words to defend their Mr Economy Fixer.

  4. hh had reasons why he did not append his signature,in anycase he is not the only leader of the paarty that did not sign…dont show too much bias guys

  5. Why didn’t you Daily Nation send a representative to cover the proceedings at Mulungushi conference centre where the meeting was taking place. You write long wrong stories which are just but hearsay .You are a big disappointment.

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