Youth wing of Zambia’s leading opposition on Friday gave the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a 48-hour ultimatum to apologize for likening the party’s leader to a fugitive.
On Thursday, the DRC embassy in Zambia issued a protest letter to the Zambian government expressing displeasure over the presence of former Katanga Province Governor Moise Katumbi at an Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final match between Zambia and South Africa in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.
The embassy wondered why Zambia granted a visa to Katumbi who was facing charges before judicial authorities in the DRC.
It further asked how Zambian authorities would react if Hakainde Hichilema, leader of Zambia’s United Party for National Development (UPND), was received by high political authorities in DRC.
But the party’s youth wing has demanded an apology from the embassy for likening their leader to a fugitive.
“Therefore, the letter we are in receipt of and sent to State House by the Congolese embassy likening our president to a fugitive like they are calling Mr. Moise Katumbi and his presence in our country is detrimental and divisive,” Gilbert Liswaniso, spokesperson of the party’s young wing said in a statement.
He added that it was unprofessional for the DRC embassy to write a letter maligning citizens of a sovereign state.
Katumbi, who is currently in exile in Belgium and was a prudential hopeful in that country’s elections, was last year sentenced to 36 months in absentia. Enditem