By Zimbabwe Voice Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly told Zanu-PF supporters in Mutare that it was him who telephoned Edgar Lungu to step down as Zambian President after he lost the August 12 elections to fierce rival Hakainde Hichilema.
The United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate Hakainde Hichilema won the hotly contested poll after he secured more than 2.8 million votes, while Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF) was in second place with over 1.8 million votes.
Lungu, had prior to the announcement of the final results issued a statement saying his party had been rigged and protested with the Electoral Commission of Zambia for the vote-counting to stop, but his calls were ignored. However, he conceded defeat just hours before the final results declaring his loss were announced.
And it is President Mnangagwa who convinced Lungu to step down, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet (Presidential Communications) George Charamba, has said.
Mnangagwa made the revelation to ruling party supporters in Mutare on Thursday morning where he officially opened an oxygen production plant established by Verify Engineering (VE) located at Feruka Oil Refinery.
“Upon arrival, His Excellency briefed his supporters on the just-ended SADC. He, for the first time, disclosed that he phoned the outgoing Zambian President, President Edgar Lungu, to persuade him to make way for the winner, President-Elect, Hichilema, to secure peace in the country and region,” Charamba aid.
He added that Mnangagwa told ruling party supporters not to worry as the opposition MDC Alliance will never oust Zanu-PF from power.
Turning to opposition members who dream of the same happening in Zimbabwe, the ZANU-PF leader urged such dreamers to come back to their senses!! Vamuke vabike doro!”.