PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema says he has no interest in harassing former President Edgar Lungu, observing that if he did the latter would not be freely jogging up and down the streets.
In recent months former President Lungu has been carrying jogging and work out activities with previous cabinet ministers, prominent Patriotic Front members and political cadres.
In answering to a query from veteran Politician Frank Mutubila during the press conference on whether or not the President has any plans to reconcile with his predecessor and stop harassing the former first family, President Hichilema said, “I have no intention to do that, I was never brought up like that, my brain doesn’t work like that!”
“Third question you raised was on retirement, that was purely a legal issue. I started with myself and said when I retire I will go and look after my goats. The goats are waiting for me and I love them so much and I think they love me…” he said.
“You can not be in retirement and yet you are in politics the law does not allow that, at the beginning we talked about restoring the rule of law this is part of it. So who is offending who? HH is not offending anybody it is the law that that is being offended, you can not be in politics yet you are retired and receiving retirement which is anchored on the law that says you must retire I hope I am making myself clear here.”
Meanwhile, President Hichilema has dismissed accusations that State that he withdrew police at the former head of state’s residence.
He added that claims of him harassing president Lungu were untrue.
“Between my colleague ECL and HH, who harrassed who? Peacefully he is living there,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 18th May, 2023)