Reuters had earlier reported that President Edgar Lungu had sent former president Kenneth Kaunda to Harare to try and convince President Robert Mugabe to step down in a “dignified exit” after the military seized power last week. But Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Harry Kalaba has refuted the claims referring to them as baseless and malicious. He said Zambia can’t send an envoy on its own. Everything would be done within the framework of SADC.
The ruling party removed Mugabe as Zanu-PF president and first secretary on Sunday and lawmakers from the ruling party were due to meet at the party headquarters today to discuss impeaching the 93-year-old leader.
Almost 11 years ago now, President Kenneth Kaunda observed that Western powers had no moral right to demonise President Robert Mugabe. He said, “Mugabe should not be demonised… he will not accept any humiliation. He needs to be talked to, to see sense in doing something to change things in Zimbabwe because he is a victim of broken promises from Britain.” Kaunda, one of the few African statesmen with Mugabe’s liberation-era credentials, said then that Zimbabwe’s economic and political woes were largely due to “broken promises” by former colonial power Britain on land reforms and not Mugabe’s bad political rule.