Government has taken a strong swipe against opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema for allegedly using derogatory language against Vice President Dr. Guy Scott.
Ailing Chief Government Spokesperson Minister Kennedy Sakeni who issued the statement from his hospital bed described Mr. Hichilema’s language as uncivilised, un-Zambian and unacceptable.
Mr. Sakeni, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said in a statement in Lusaka today that it was against the Zambian culture and tradition to use derogatory language against the leaders in society.
He has since advised the UPND leader to show restrain and refrain from engaging in politics of insults and hatred.
“The Zambian culture and its people’s upbringing entails respect and sober language towards the elderly leaders in society,” he said.
Mr. Sakeni has further called on Mr. Hichilema to exhibit high levels of civil and sober language when reacting to national issues.
He stressed that name calling and insults will gain the UPND leader and the country nothing except drawing the country’s politics back to the Stone Age era.
Mr. Hichilema is quoted in one of the daily tabloids as having used unpalatable language against Dr. Scott.
Mr. Sakeni has since reiterated government’s commitment to promoting decent and result based politics that will benefit the general populace.