Zambia’s president and opposition leader agree to talks
Zambia’s President , Edgar Lungu and detained opposition leader , Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) have agreed to participate in talks to address the country’s political tensions. This follows talks that Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland held with both men during her visit to Zambia.
Scotland held talks with President, Lungu. Hichilema is currently in prison waiting trial on treason charges following an incident in which the convoy he was travelling in allegedly blocked the presidential motorcade.
The two leaders have been at loggerheads since last year when Lungu won a closely contested presidential election.