Zambia extends state of emergency by three months
The Zambian parliament has on Tuesday approved the previous week declared a state of emergency in the country in three months.
Zambia is since the arrest of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema in april in a political crisis. Hichilema lost last year’s election opponent of the incumbent president Edgar Lungu, and this spring picked up because he would want to try out the government overthrow.
Lungu called last week for the first since 1997 the state of emergency after a major fire at a market in the capital, Lusaka. Lungu calls these and other burning “acts of sabotage” by his political opponents, in an attempt the country ungovernable.
The parliament announced today an extension of three months for the public order to be adjusted. Law enforcement authorities would be given sufficient time to take measures against the large number of politically motivated fires and large-scale vandalism, including high-voltage power lines.
Zambia, the second largest koperproduct of Africa, is generally seen as one of the most stable democratic countries of the continent.