Hichilema hit headlines with his directive to his members that they should hit back whenever attacked during campaigns for the July 26 mayoral by-elections.
The declaration was reminiscent of the Chilanga by-election where matters turned violent with Patriotic Front and UPND cadres clashing.
“Why should a leader of a political party always be talking about fight back, fight back, who is fighting them for them to fight back? What type of a leader is he that tells his cadres that when you are attacked fight back instead of him telling them to avoid violence by all means, what we have seen is people saying punch for punch, panga for panga, what happens in the end they start attacking Journalists because they are not being attacked by anyone,” President Lungu said.
President Edgar Lungu made these remarks on arrival in Ndola yesterday ahead of the official opening of the International Trade Fair by his Botswana counterpart Mokgweetsi Masisi.
President Lungu also weighed in on the Black Mountain tragedy.
The head of state said the accident was a lesson to government and modalities are being put in place to improve safety before operations are to be allowed.
President Lungu compared the Black Mountain accident to the 1970 Mufulira Mine accident that claimed 89 lives and led to a temporal closure but resumed operations after safety measures were put in place.
“Government has learnt its lessons over the Black Mountain and we will try to ensure safety measures are put in place, in 1970 we had the Mufulira Mine accident which claimed so many lives. I was young then but we were all affected, we lost about 89 miners but all companies learnt lessons and improved safety at the mine,” President Lungu said.
Botswana President Masisi will be the chief guest at this year’s Zambia International Trade Fair.