Zambian president threatens to declare state of emergency

The Zambian leader however said the state of emergency would only apply to areas where there was trouble and not the entire country.

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Lungu said he will be forced to declare a state of emergency unless people stopped damaging pubic property.

“Police, look out for these rabble rousers and trouble makers and bring them to book. You are forcing me to consider a state of emergency,” Lungu is quoted by the News Diggers when he addressed supporters.

Zambia has witnessed sporadic fires where public buildings have been set ablaze since the arrest of Hakainde Hichilema who has been slapped with a treason charge.

On Thursday, the police warned people behind the fires that their days were numbered as they will soon be arrested.

The police suspect the fires were deliberately started to cause panic and alarm in the country.

Meanwhile Lungu laughed off claims that he will step down following the intense political environment caused by the arrest of the opposition leader.

Lungu narrowly emerged winner of last year’s elections which have been disputed by the main opposition leader.

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