Mr. Hichilema said he was happy that he was the first opposition leader to ‘recall’ a sitting president from loitering abroad and has now challenged his government to give people the promised constitution and lower the cost of living in general.
Addressing a press briefing at the UPND party secretariat this morning, Mr. Hichilema gave Mr. Sata conditions for him to buy him a first class ticket to India.
Mr. Hichilema said he can only buy Mr. Sata a first class ticket to India if he only meets the conditions he has been given, among the conditions are to deliver a people driven constitution, reduce mealie meal prices, reduce fuel prices, reduce the high cost of living in general, re-instate the dismissed nurses and students, and give farmers fertilizer on time.
He said Mr. Sata must look at the promises he made in 2011 and then check if he fulfilled them now.
“If president Sata meets these conditions I will buy him the first class ticket he wants. Even if I can afford a first class ticket of any airline I have never bought one myself. I always use the cheap economy class because it is not right to misuse money like Michael Sata was doing until I recalled him because I knew he was doing nothing and had no business in London,” Mr. Hichilema said.
He also challenged Mr. Sata to stop interfering in chiefdoms such as Bashilubemba Chitimukulu succession process and deliver the promise he made to the people of Western Province on the Barotse Agreement instead of arresting those who are talking about it.
Mr. Hichilema also clarified that he never said anything about Mr. Sata being sick at the last press briefing last week but merely responded to a question from a journalist and asked State House to let the people of Zambia know the whereabouts of the president.
He said sickness is normal to every human being and prayed to God that he must keep President Sata fit and healthy so that the UPND can beat him in the 2016 elections and he must live long even after 2016 so that he must see what real development is when UPND is in government.
On the re-opening of investigations against former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, Mr. Hichilema said it was surprising that Mr. Sata only wants to investigate GBM when the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had also instituted investigations against Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba.
“We welcome the investigations. But the whole thing seems highly suspicious. Why not invest Mr. Kabimba as well. This is what happens when the so called Man of Action becomes Man of Negative Actions,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said what was happening to GBM shows that the ACC was toothless and not independent because investigative wings were only used to persecute Mr. Sata’s perceived political opponents.