Zambians have formed a united front in opposition to the United States’ plan; to establish a military base in the country. The campaign’s supporters have issued a statement demanding; to know whether Zambia can also establish a military base or security post in the United States.
Citizen movements have also questioned President Hakainde Hichilema’s alleged leadership role in facilitating the deal. “Can Zambians be allowed to set a military base or a military command centre in America?”
“What constitutional authority does Mr. Hichilema have; to permit a foreign army to establish a military base or a military command centre on Zambian soil? Why were the Zambian people not consulted before such a monumental decision with far-reaching consequences was made?” The group asked
They also express concern about inheriting the enemies of the United States if they accept such a deal; as Zambia could become a target.
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“America is at war with several nations; and allowing them to set up a military base here in Zambia; directly puts Zambia in harm’s way with all those fighting with America,” they added.
The group has made several demands; including full disclosure of the deal’s content by the government and immediate cancellation of the agreement.