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Zambian Former President Edgar Lungu Teargassed: Incident Raises Security Concerns

President Edgar Lungu Teargassed

Zambian Former President Edgar Lungu Teargassed: Incident Raises Security Concerns

Former Zambian President, Edgar Lungu was teargassed by police on May 25, 2024 during his morning jog in Lusaka.

The incident occurred amidst rising tensions between Lungu and the current government led by President Hakainde Hichilema.

Lungu, who has recently returned to active politics to lead the Patriotic Front (PF) party.

Has been using his jogging sessions as a platform to engage with his supporters.

Which the authorities have deemed as political gatherings.

On the day of the incident, Lungu was accompanied by several PF members who were seen cheering and displaying support.

The gathering was viewed by the police as an unlawful assembly which disrupted public order and traffic.

In response, law enforcement officials dispersed the crowd using tear gas.

The police had previously warned Lungu about turning his jogging sessions into political events.

And had advised him to notify them in advance to ensure public safety.

This confrontation highlights the ongoing political friction in Zambia.

With Lungu accusing the government of using state machinery to undermine the opposition.

The use of tear gas on a former president underscores the volatile political climate and the contentious nature of Lungu’s re-emergence in Zambian politics.

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