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Zambian Opposition Files Motion to Impeach President Lungu

  • Motion to be considered by lawmakers in parliament on March 28
  • Lungu spokesman says initiative is defective and won’t succeed
Edgar Chagwa Lungu 

Edgar Chagwa Lungu 

Photographer: Gulshan Khan/AFP/Getty Images

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Zambia’s main opposition party filed a motion in parliament to impeach President Edgar Lungu, saying he violated the constitution. His spokesman called the motion “defective” and said it will fail.

The proposal ratchets up tension in the southern African nation, where the political atmosphere has been volatile since United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema lost a disputed 2016 election to Lungu. It could threaten peace talks that the Commonwealth is leading. The motion will be debated March 28, Gary Nkombo, the UPND lawmaker who filed the motion, said by phone from the capital, Lusaka.