Zimbabwe: Diplomatic Tiff – Zambians Protest Zanu-PF ‘Death Threats’ on President Hichilema

A DIPLOMATIC stand-off looms between Zimbabwe and her Northern neighbour, Zambia, amid street protests by ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) this Monday to register concern over death threats on President Hakainde Hichilema by Zanu PF functionaries in Harare.

The public demonstrations were reportedly held in Ndola, the country’s Copperbelt Province, where UPND supporters demanded answers from Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party on why it allegedly wants to “kill” Hichilema.

In recent days, there has been a deluge of criticism on Hichilema following his emissary, Nevers Mumba, who led a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Observers Mission (SEOM) that discredited Zimbabwe’s harmonised elections.

The SADC observer mission was chaired by Mumba, a former Zambian vice president, who was deployed by Hichilema, the SADC Troika chair.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba and the Information Ministry permanent secretary, Nick Mangwana, have been on the forefront of an onslaught on social media platforms name-calling Hichilema and Mumba.

Also, Zanu PF treasurer, Patrick Chinamasa and party spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa spewed vitriol against Hichilema.

Chinamasa and party apologist Rutendo Matinyarare, who is linked to shadowy Zimbabwe Anti-Sanctions Movement, were targeted by the demonstrators as displayed on posters.

Zanu-PF candidate Mnangagwa scrapped a narrow 52,6% victory against opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa’s 44%, but the outcome has been challenged with opposition saying polls were rigged.