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Hakainde Hichilema Criticised For Opening USA Army Office In Zambia

Hakainde Hichilema Criticised For Opening USA Army Office In Zambia

Zambia president, Hakainde Hichilema has been criticised for opening the office of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) saying it is against the country’s longstanding neutral foreign policy position of non-alignment.

The New Heritage Party, an opposition in Zambia led by Chishala Kateka has condemned the move. In a statement issued on Friday, the party said:

The New Heritage Party wishes to place on record, its strong misgivings about the announcement by the American General Peter Bailey, that the American and the Zambian Governments have agreed to establish and Locate the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), which is the military command centre for the United States Government against its enemies on the African continent, in Zambia.

Should this project be implemented, it carries very serious national security implications for our country Zambia, including, but not limited to the fact that our country will be indirectly inheriting the enemies of the USA, and thereby making ourselves unwitting targets for terrorists and other such negative forces. This is against our long-standing neutral foreign policy position of non-alignment which has been premised on our being a truly independent sovereign state.

We would like to remind our fellow Zambians that both the AU, SADC and our previous Presidents have taken a negative view of this American initiative as not being entirely in the best interest of the continent, the region and the nation.

This then begs the following questions:

-Why has this ” deal” been struck by the UPND Alliance government barely 8 months in office?

-What are the Americans getting out of it  

-But even more importantly, how does Zambia and Zambians benefit from this deal?

May we remind our fellow Zambians that it was the UPND in opposition that insisted that important national foreign policy matters such as contraction of foreign Debt could not be left to the executive alone, but that our sovereign parliament should scrutinize and approve all such undertakings by the government.

National security in our view is even more critical than debt contraction and should therefore be subject to a serious national discourse by the general public and parliament before a final decision can be reached.

Fellow Zambians, make no mistake, this is a very grave matter for our country. The UPND is trying to trade in Zambian lives, and as a serious party of patriots we cannot and will not allow this matter to pass unchallenged.

We therefore demand the following:

1.    That this AFRICOM office opening be put on hold immediately until the process of wide democratic consultations we have proposed above are exhausted

2.    That the government disclose the full status of this deal to the the Zambians for transparency

3.     Further, we call upon every Zambian to petition their area member of parliament to ensure that this matter is tabled as a matter of urgency at the next session of parliament when it resumes.

The Zambia Center for Inter-Party Dialogue (ZCID) should also convene as a matter of urgency to chart a  united path over this important national security situation.

  Source – Byo24News


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60 Comments

MR Broken English 1 month ago

Bad move


chasura 1 month ago

wanodzvanyirira nekumbinyikidza kodzero dzevanhu ndovanoti Zambia yatadza asi kutambudzwa nembavha dzinoba Mari yenyika tichitambura ndozvamunoda ma china arikungomora Mari pasina company yavhurwa kuti vana wapinde mabasa . chavokutora Mari wachigovana nevari kumusoro . ma donors ese anobatsira muno ma Americans china yakambounza ma donors. indawa murimbwende Hondo inobvepi ngaiuye inogadzirisa zvinhu . zvatakarwa muno takarwira kutambura here gutsa ruzhinji nderupi wakudya wachiguta vangani itai mushe.


wood 1 month ago

Africa will be great if we engage countries like America to open more military bases to intervine in our political affairs to eradicate dictators and protect Africans running away from their aggressive government if one shares different opinion


kid 1 month ago

africans will always remain as slaves becoz we are too dependent. we are so dull


reason from cause to effect 1 month ago

chokwadi ndechekuti, hatizivi zvatinokumbira. takabvisa mugabe tavakuchema tichiti aive nani. izvi zvekuti america ipinde, handione paine chakanaka chinobuda. consider Libya


phil 1 month ago

Its time for all revolutionary parties to go hee takafira nyika hee takakusungurai ngaiende muone hatigoni kuisunungura here munhu anoita minister fro 1980 till now aah rubbish. HH good one birai mavotes muone muchamhanya Zimbabwe never enjoyed independene in hands of these gorrilas they are animals.Time up Satan!!


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zimbabwe 1 month ago

I hope that Zimbabwe my beloved country will remain neutral for its own good.


Povo 1 month ago

America will kill civilians kuno they're going to control ma resources. Dira rizare!!


gear up 1 month ago

its gona be very very bad,very muddy as well come 2023, zimbos wake up


Vote for Chamisa, vote for CCC 1 month ago

VERY VERY VERY GOOD MOVE BY HH. AFRICA NEED TO BE CLEANSED


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

The first African President to be in the White House 😂 HH...


Mkanya 1 month ago

Good move Zambia. A dictatorship regime next-door door is now sweating. Fearing that USA is next-door.


born free 1 month ago

ndozvishupira ma opposition party


ngorima mushava 1 month ago

no to such bases , Ukraine is a good case study

Machiavelli 1 month ago

You mean New Heritage Party yaKateka hanti? He opposes a good move for no good reason.
Pamberi neAFRICOM

hello 1 month ago

Thumbs up Hichilema...they brought the Chinese in Zim, busy abusing people,


Machiavelli 1 month ago

@Bulloooo, you have very fertile imagination.
I'm sure you always got 90% for English Composition and 5% in English Language

Wero dhan
Keep it up

Dira rizare kamaradha

Bulloooooo 1 month ago

WE ARE VERY SURE THAT THEY ARE TO SUPPORT CCC WHILE STAYING IN ZAMBIA, BOTSWANA,RSA AND MOZAMBIQUE. ANY FUN DURING 2023 CAMPAIGNS AND ABUSES OF EVERYTHING IN FAVOR OF ANY PARTY WILL BE THE INTERVENTION OF AMERICANS TO ZIMBABWE.

THIS SEEM TO BE THE LAST DAYS OF ANY PARTY THAT IS LED BY THE ARMY.

THIS MIGHT BE THE TIME TO RUN AWAY AND GET REFUGE TO COUNTRIES NOT IN SADC

ITS ALL ABOUT ZIMBABWE, WE KNOW
ALL THESE BASES MIGHT BE OF TRAINING CCC SOLDIERS

THEN WE HAVE BEEN ALL ALONG BEING PLANNED

TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, WE WILL ALSO MAKE SOME BASES FOR RUSSIAN ARMY AND THEN THE CHINESE BASES TOO

AFTER THAT WE WILL BE THE GROUND FOR THE WHITES TO TEST THEIR ARMIES AND WEAPONS HERE IN SADC

HICHILEMA IS CHAMISA'S BEST FRIEND AND A BIG DEAL HAS BEEN PLANNED.

ANY ZAMBIAN TRYING TO DISRUPT THIS DEAL MAY BE IN HOT SOUP AS THESE AMERICANS ARE GOOD SNIPERS

WE ARE NOW CIRCULATED BY AMERICANS.
NO MORE ZIMBABWE AGAIN

ZIMBABWE HAS GONE, MARK MY WORDS

COME 2023, A BIG CHANGE THAT IS ALWAYS BEING SUNG BY PEOPLE WILL RESULT

THE CHANCE WERE CRYING FOR WILL COME BUT LET US NOT BE SO HAPPY BECAUSE THE AMERICANS ARE NOT VERY DIFFERENT WITH THE BRITISH

WE ARE NOW GOING BACK TO THE CHIMURENGA TIMES, WE WILL FIGHT VERY HARD TO PUSH THE AMERICANS BACK TO AMERICA.

IF YOU STILL REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TO AFGHANISTAN, IRAN, IRAQI AND IN UKRAINE IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN HERE IN ZIMBABWE BEFORE XMAS 2023

THAT IS HOW I THINK
BUT DON'T BLAME MY VIEWS
THEIR DREAM WILL BE SUCCESSFULL.

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN BUT IAM SURE THAT THIS IS THE MISE EN PLU FOR ZIMBABWE'S 2023 ELECTION COME OUT BUT IN FAVOUR OF CCC

I REST MY CASE

Anonymous 1 month ago

Good move, Zambia is in good hands.HH is the way to go


Phil 1 month ago

Good move by HH ndosaka tichida maPresident echidiki very soon maZimba tenge tava kumhanyira ma USA kuZambia arikurambwa nembati idzi


sugar boy 1 month ago

it's a good move.when our 2023 elections went wrong it's now easy for America to intervene.
we also want that base to be established in Zimbabwe we have a vasty idle land.


sugar boy 1 month ago

it's a good move.when our 2023 elections went wrong it's now easy for America to intervene.
we also want that base to be established in Zimbabwe we have a vasty idle land.


Mango 1 month ago

Good move by Zambian President .It shows your brains are very innovative .


ngorima mushava 1 month ago

hakainde another Zelenskyy in the making ,, Zambians should wake up aren't they seeing what going on in Ukraine 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Tee 1 month ago

AFRICOM is a good program to the whole region because ounce America establish a base in Zambia on going threats like Islamist insurgency in Mocambique will be dealt with by American troops. In addition Zambia will be safe from American protection and there Military will be enhanced by Morden advanced artillery eg M4 rifles rather than primitive gun like AK47 rifles.last but not least America is Rich we all know that so US dollars are going to be poured in Zambian developing Economy.


Donald Trump 1 month ago

🤡

ndizvozvo 1 month ago

bye bye sadc peace, we want to test our weapons on baboons


chief Nemauyu 1 month ago

Zim army can easily work well with British/American army. Bots has American base. Zambia has taken the right move. Look at what is happening in Moza.


Monada Malwende 1 month ago

I can suport that move , it is good during first days but on the long run they became African enermies they are there for Zimbabwe & some other SADC countries, Americans they are not Rich but they are indutrialised that they need resources for their industries in Africa that is why they are trying buy all means to have such a deal

Machiavelli 1 month ago

World geopolitics is all about making.

Right now Finland and Sweden, which have always touted Neutrality are taking steps to join NATO in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Zimbabwe is committing diplomatic suicide by pretending to be neutral. Posing a hypothetical question, if Zimbabwe were involved in a spat with another African country which economic powerhouse can she bank on for military and material support?


Machiavelli 1 month ago

My apologies the above intervention was truncated unintentionally. please add the following:-

World geopolitics is about making alliances. Botswana already has US military bases. South Africa has farmed out some correctional facilities (prisons) to USA. Other countries in West Africa have Russian bases.

Our recent Neutrality in UN debates on the Russo-Ukraine conflict doesn't augur well, because either side will see us as their friends....

parasite 1 month ago

Good move Mr President .


ngorima mushava 1 month ago

shame ,he should learn from Ukraine????

Tinmike 1 month ago

I said it already that this HH guy is a west puppet, they were selling country to the Chinese with previous president now they selling it to the West


ngorima mushava 1 month ago

inheriting the enemise of the West..
No to these bases ,can't he learn from Ukraine , Ukraine is now in ruins

g 1 month ago

hapana zvekuti puppet zvekubirira zvamajaira2023 mumwe anouya akabatwa sehuku😎😎😎😎😎

Dr Hercules 1 month ago

Every African president is a puppet .either of the East or West.The difference is that when you are a puppet of the East you don't gain in terms of FDIs .Mugabe spent 15 years preaching about his relationship with the East yet he never stopped whining about Western sanctions crippling the economy.If China could easily replace the west why was he still whining?

sadc 1 month ago

Botswana do have Us army bases in Kalahari desert which was established long back are they not a threat to Sadc as well.


Khama Jnr 1 month ago

commented on that kumusoro uko ndikanzi ndopenga those bases in Botswana are the ones dzaita Seretse Khama to be ordained Sir by the British maybe zvosiyana kuziva neage vamwe tati kurei

Tindo 1 month ago

Siyai vakadaro Russia will nuke them pa World War 3 apa tosara zvedu isu tichigovana Zambia like we've been doing pa South Africa


Mafirakureva 1 month ago

Tindo you are a simpleton. It's not as easy as that.

Dr Hercules 1 month ago

Better than Eastern Communist one party politics


Imwe Mbeu 1 month ago

Help me out here, is CCC going to do the same 🤔


cute 1 month ago

Zambian has played a dangerous move.why is that africans are very slow to learn,everywhere were there is american soliders there will be no peace.look at iraq what happened,on the other side of a coin,china and russia can send their agents in Zimbabwe to protect their interest which will spark war.ummm bye bye peace in sadac


mutsa 1 month ago

kkkkk you think you have peace

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

This shows that Hakainde Hichilema is an innovative leader. What it means is that Zambia is going to be strong militarily. Zambia will acquire weapons from the United States of America easily and cheaply. Very soon we are going to heart that the Chinese/Russians are establishing there base in. Zimbabwe.


GEOPOLITICAL ANALYST 1 month ago

Very correct man, look at what happened to Cuba after Russia opened a military base there , things never be the same again and such movements disturb the sovereignty of a state

china juin zhong 1 month ago

chinese dnt have time with millitary business in zim
they are no war in zim so that avenue wont pay them instantly
chinese are into mining business,food restaurants,farming these gives them fast and reliable cash
zvehondo izvo azvina mari coz to have a rifle in zim u need to be licensed u get tossed from one office to next scrutinising you with interviews why u want a gun
so magetto youth anoda kukorokoza anoenda kumill yemachina or kufarm voita mari
zvetupfuti tubomber izvo ndezvei what benefit will u get f u buy a gun iwe usina property to safeguard

😛😛 1 month ago

Apa tupfungwa twako twudiki diki futi. Usataura panotaura vanhu iwe

Oo 1 month ago

Ko kunyorawo neshona kana english ichikunetsa kudai unofa here.

Chik 1 month ago

Bye bye peace in southern africa, wars are now imminent


🚩 1 month ago

𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮, 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝗭𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗿𝗼𝗴𝘂𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀


Kanda 1 month ago

what's bad about that kuBotswana hakuna here base reUS even several African countries especially which are not landlocked have super powers military bases period


Hameno 1 month ago

Dai makaenda kuchikoro muchikwanisawo kuita analyse. I feel for your kids 😛😛😛

Zinja 1 month ago

Ana Russia varikunyepera kurwisa Ukraine ivo vakaisa maziso avo kuno. Its good for Southern Africa


ADVOCATE 1 month ago

a threat to the WORLD ORDER & SECURITY


Death 1 month ago

Maya chasara Russia or China yakuisa base muzim


THE FIEND 1 month ago

HH will bring order to SADC🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲.


Hameno 1 month ago

Asi hu**** haukuvave here mumsoro mako umo. 😛😛😛. You are a typical example of **** person


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