Wednesday 17th January 2018

HH gives President Michael Sata conditions for India air ticket…as State Houses dismisses as cheap politicking

UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has given President Michael Sata conditions before buying him a ticket to India.

Among them, Mr Hichilema says the President should first retire the imprest meant for the 14 days working holiday in London after cutting the stay to a few days.


Speaking at a Press Conference in Lusaka on Sunday, Mr Hichilema also asked President Michael Sata to deliver a people driven constitution through a referendum to the people of Zambia before the end of this year.

Mr Hichilema has further asked president Sata to unconditionally re-instate all the fired nurses under presidential decree, who he says were just reminding Government of the need to pay attention to their (nurses) plight.

He has also asked President Sata to bring to an end the killings of truck drivers at the Kasumbalesa boarder post.

Mr Hichilema says there is need for dialogue between the Zambian government and the Congolese authority.

Mr Hichilema says truck drivers are movers of the economy hence its important that the issue is tackled before more lives are lost.

Last week, President Sata was quoted by the Post Newspaper that he had cut short his working Holiday in London so that Mr Hichilema should buy him an air ticket to go to India.

This followed Mr Hichilema questioning of the where-about of President Sata after the AU summit in Ethiopia, where he had initially gone.

But State House says President Michael Sata will not be dragged into cheap politicking by Mr Hichilema.

This is according to President Michael Sata’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations George Chellah.

And President Sata two days ago called for calm among Zambians saying government was engaging the Congolese government in resolving the matter.

He also directed all security wings to ensure that peace is restored at the boarder.

Meanwhile Foreign Affairs Minister, Wylbur Simuusa says government has engaged authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo over the security situation at Kasumbalesa Border.

Mr. Simuusa says SADC has put pressure on the Congolese Government which in turn has increased security and compensated families of slain truck drivers.

He has told ZNBC news that people should remain calm as the matter is being addressed.

Mr Simuusa however say relations between Zambia and Congo are still cordial.

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