Obasanjo storms Zambia, meets President Lungu, to hold talks with opposition leader Chanda
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is in Zambia in a bid to proffer political solution to the differences between the ruling party and the opposition.
Obasanjo met with President Edgar Lungu on Saturday at the State House in Lusaka, and he’s due to meet imprisoned Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.
According to President Lungu’s spokesperson, Mr. Amos Chanda, the two leaders discussed peace efforts as well as his anti-polio campaign in Africa.
Mr. Chanda said the Nigerian leader also asked to be allowed to visit imprisoned opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr. Hichilema has been in detention since April facing treason charges, which heightened political tensions in that country.
Last month, President Lungu declared a state of emergency to deal with “acts of sabotage” by his political opponents after a fire gutted the country’s biggest market in the capital Lusaka.
Mr. Hichilema narrowly lost to President Lungu in the 2016 election, which the opposition alleges was rigged.
Mr. Chanda said Saturday the president agreed to Mr. Obasanjo’s request to visit the opposition leader at Mukobeko Maximum Prison, about 150km north of Lusaka.
Mr. Lungu also ordered that Zambia Airforce flies Mr. Obasanjo to the prison.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma arrived in Lusaka early Saturday to open the country’s 91st agricultural and commercial show, at the invite of President Lungu.
The two leaders also held bilateral talks, Africa Review reports.