President Michael Sata’s mouth piece George Chella has twisted the statement issued by UPND president Hakainde Hichilema by claiming that Hichilema called for independence day celebrations boycott.
In a badly, terribly and as usual poorly written statement released to the media Chella in the name of president Sata described Mr. Hichilema’s call on Zambians to shun the Independence Day celebrations as an insult to freedom fighters and many who lost their lives to liberate this country.
“Mr. Hichilema’s efforts to entice Zambians with such ‘pick- pocket schemes’ are proof of his inappropriateness to be considered for public office. We know he is desperate to manufacture excuses to justify his dwindling political fortunes but let him for once respect moments that bind us together as Zambians,” the President said.
“More fundamentally, Independence Day celebrations are well beyond partisan politics as they signify the country’s historical victory and remind us of where we are coming from as a people. Therefore, I find it hard to believe that a person aspiring to lead our beloved country should be the one in the forefront fanning such unpatriotic tendencies.
“Mr. Hichilema’s irresponsible utterances only go to show his self-centredness and glutton. In fact, both his professional and political life bear features of a transmissible existence. Probably, this why he does not value other people’s hard work because he is used to take over benefits born out of other person’s sweat and blood.”
But below is the story as it was carried by George Chella’s former employers at the Post newspaper, clearly showing that Mr. Hichilema never called for a boycott. UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has urged Zambians to shun Independence Day celebrations, saying there is nothing to celebrate when the majority Zambians are suffering.
And Hichilema has urged President Michael Sata to walk away from his 10 per cent salary increase.
In an interview yesterday, Hichilema said there was nothing to “wine and dine” for on Independence Day when the majority Zambians were suffering.
“It is not a boycott; it is refusing to celebrate, wine and dine when Zambians cannot even afford mealie-meal. It is a protest not a boycott. Which party member does not understand the suffering? If a particular party member goes there, that is their decision… I am not only calling on UPND party members, I am calling on Zambians. What is there to celebrate when your children are out of school? No ARVs in hospitals, but the by-election money is there. Money for judge Chikopa is there; money for technical committee on drafting of the constitution is there,” said Hichilema.
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