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Zambians must remain united or be doomed – Mugabe charges

Zambians must remain united or be doomed – Mugabe charges

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Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, has charged Zambians to remain united and also avoid tribalism and quarreling. This is the only way the southern African country can avoid being doomed, according to Mugabe.

Mugabe was speaking at the swearing in ceremony of Zambia’s president-elect Edgar Lungu at the Heroes Stadium in the capital, Lusaka.

According to him, the two countries were siamese twins, ‘‘We admire you. You are our great friends, our great brothers and sisters and must continue,’‘ Mugabe is quoted to have said.

Mugabe also spoke about the need for democratic states across Africa because peace thrived only under democracies.

‘‘Africa must maintain its freedom and that can only happen if we maintain democracy in our states. Democratic states are peaceful. Democratic states don’t entertain violence nor can they be expected to tolerate organisations that want to use violence to take power,’‘ Mugabe stated.

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Edgar Lungu was sworn in today with his vice president after being declared winner of the August 11 elections by the Electoral Commission of Zambia. An opposition petition challenging his reelection was thrown out by the Constitutional Court on technical grounds. An attempt to block the inauguration ceremony through the courts also failed.

Mugabe’s comments on unity and democracy comes at a time when his government is suffering from continuous anti-government protests. Whiles some protesters are against rising hardship in the country, others are calling for regime change and others for electoral reforms ahead of 2018 elections.