By Sandra Machima

THE government has been warned to be highly circumspect in the manner it handles the proposed reconciliation between President Edgar Lungu and UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema because the evil cartel and its foreign sponsors were lurking in the background.

Zambia Republican party leader Wright Musoma questioned the involvement of former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo who also chairs the Brenthurst Foundation, an organisation that was funding the opposition during the last Presidential and general elections and has been desirous of regime change in many African countries.

He advised the State not to rush into reconciliation talks before analysing the situation, saying whatever was done should not be done in the interest of the few individuals at the expense of the Zambian people.

He accused the UPND leadership of inciting violence in the country, saying the law should not segregate but instead perpetrators must face it just like any other citizens.

He said reconciling President Lungu and Mr Hichilema was questionable because the opposition UPND leader’s desperation for power was the source of differences.

He said the Brenthurst Foundation had pushed for Mr Hichilema to go into an alliance with former MMD leader, Rupiah Banda but he opted to work with the PF.

Mr Musoma joined other opposition leaders that have questioned the proposed reconciliation and urged the government to be careful how it handled the matter.

He wondered why some stakeholders wanted to interfere in Zambia internal matters without realising that no one was above the law.

Mr Musoma said he was hopeful that the talks between the two leaders would be fruitful in the interest of the Zambian people.

He added that Government must tell the nation if it was in order for Mr Hichilema to have continued to show disregard for President Lungu.

Mr Musoma said although the reconciliation might be good, it left much to be desired and needed thorough explanation from the State.

 He challenged the government not to succumb to pressure from those people coming into Zambia over the reconciliation, on grounds that the motive behind the talks might be orchestrated by some individuals with selfish interests.

Mr Musoma, said “I believe the incarceration of UPND leader Mr Hichilema was that he broke the law and should face the law accordingly, now we want to know if that reconciliation will go with the release of Mr Hichilema,” he said.

He said Zambia was governed by laws and therefore it was the duty of every Zambian citizen to abide by the law, and that Mr Hichilema and many other Zambians were therefore not exempted from that.

Mr Musoma said that the detention of Mr Hichilema should not be treated as a special case because he was not the first one to face the charges he was slapped.


    General Obasanjo’s interests on the Zambian political landscape is linked to his association with the Brenthurst Foundation, a subsidiary of the Anglo-American Corporation that is known to fund some African opposition parties in Southern and East Africa. The objective of this Foundation is to effect change in governments of South Africa, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Hence the prominence of DA’s Mmusi Maimane in South Africa; featuring of Raila Odinga in Kenya; activities of UPND’s HH in Zambia; and role of MDC’s Morgan in Zimbabwe. The Brenthurst Foundation is geared to financing subversion in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe – the African States that waged strong liberation political battles against the colonialists.

    Strangely, Obasanjo is the Chairman of the Brenthurst Foundation. We can only speculate that this Foundation embedded Obasanjo on Zuma’s entourage to Lusaka with details to request President Lungu to release Hakainde Hichilema. But after assessing the truth on the ground, probably on the advice of the Nigerian Ambassador in Lusaka, Obasanjo switched to making a request to the Zambia Govt to meet his CLIENT (HH) in Kabwe prison.

    It is mind-boggling that some western powers (UK & USA) have demonstrated zero-tolerance to terrorism and subversive activities inflicted by Islamic terrorists in their own countries. Episodes of the 9/11 in New York and recent terrorist attacks in Birmingham and London are clear points of reference. Yet some western powers and some imperialist agents based in South Africa do not care on the lives of the Africans when terrorist actions are being inflicted in Africa.

    Surprisingly, General Obasanjo earlier used the South African base to publicly attack the Zambian Govt. based on fake information fed to him by his client HH without prior consultation with the Nigerian Embassy in Lusaka. His scathing attacks on Zambia were actually echoed by a member of Inkata Freedom Party (of Indian origin) in the South African Parliament.

    Lessons for Obasanjo:
    (a) In West Africa many States are stained with past military coups.
    (b) However, in Southern and East Africa, Governments are hinged on credible democratic elections. Results of the 2016 elections in Zambia; results of the 2017 elections in Rwanda. The Brenthurst Foundation is grieving on Odinga’s loss in whom it had invested to usher-in a surrogate in the Kenyan Govt.
    (c) In South Africa the DA has recently been isolated by other opposition parties. The Malema’s EFF and Bantu Horomisa’s UDM have refused to support Mmusi Maimane’s racist mission to hold early elections in South Africa.
    (d) President Zuma’s visit to Zambia demonstrated fine quality of diplomacy, such that SADC States taught General Obasanjo the art of consultation – hence the General is much wiser on current events in Zambia. The Commonwealth Secretary General has upheld international Observers assessments that the 2016 General Elections that ushered in President Lungu as the winner, were free and fair.

    Nigeria and most parts of West Africa have been infested by an Islamic terrorist group called BOKO HARAM. Obasanjo should have prioritised his service, hinged on military profession, to formulating strategies of containing inhuman activities of Boko Haram in West Africa. Besides, Obasanjo served under General Gowon to fight the Biafrans under Ojuku. Apparently, the phenomenon of the “Biafran nationhood” has just been re-precipitated in Eastern Nigeria. Whose interests is Obasanjo serving by being the Chairman of the Brenthurst Foundation which has been funding unpatriotic opposition parties in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe?

    General Obasanjo cannot be trusted. His active association with the Brenthurst Foundation suggests that he is thus a very dangerous pathogenic VIRUS in Southern and Eastern Africa. The Security syst4ems in the SADC states must be alert and start stocking very potent antibiotics to purge this West African virus currently being allowed to incubate in South Africa.

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