NITED Party for National Development (UPND) Namwala Member of Parliament Robbie Chizhyuka has said his party’s President Hakainde Hichilema had lost credibility because of his involvement with the Patriotic Front (PF).
Major Chizhyuka said in an interview that because of this, it is impossible for UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to win this year’s presidential elections.
He said it was common knowledge amongst UPND members that the party did not stand a chance in this year’s elections because people had lost confidence in the party leadership.
“I feel sorry for Hakainde Hichilema, he has learnt the hard way. I am also happy because my colleagues in the UPND have seen what I foresaw one-and-half years ago,” Major Chizyuka said.
Major Chizhyuka said Mr Hichilema’s popularity was now lower than when he was first identified as UPND leader following the death of then party leader Anderson Mazoka.
He said Mr Hichilema’s stubbornness had cost him dearly because many people had advised him against forming a pact with the PF.
“HH should have known that Sata will never change, he is who Kaunda, Mwanawasa and Chiluba said he is a cobra and although a cobra sheds its skin, it still remains a cobra,” he said.
Major Chizhyuka said Mr Sata was a dictator who was not fit to rule the nation.
He urged the party to quickly forge ahead and consider working with the MMD in the forth coming tripartite elections.
Maj. Chizhyuka said the country needed a leader who was humble and would unite the nation.
He advised Mr Hichilema to forget about the presidency for this year and work with President Rupiah Banda, as this would also enhance his chances for the future.
“We made a blunder by going to bed with Sata so we must be magnanimous
enough to make amends, the earlier we do this, the better for us,” he said.
And PF Luapula Member of Parliament Peter Machungwa said the UPND previously stood a better chance of securing votes but their engagement with the PF had left the party’s image in tatters.
He said the PF had lost popularity in Luapula, Copperbelt and Lusaka and that Mr Sata was basking in his former glory.
Dr Machungwa attributed the failure of the pact to Mr Sata’s dictatorial tendencies.
“He wants to control and order everyone around him,” Dr Machungwa said.
He said it was unfortunate that the UPND had acted hurriedly by forming a pact with the PF.
Dr Machungwa said it was obvious that the MMD would win this year’s general elections.
And Dr Machungwa said PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba’s announcement of the expulsion of the ‘rebel’ MPs amounted to nothing.
Dr Machungwa said he and his colleagues continued to be members of the PF until the Supreme Court determines the matter.
“His statement amounts to nothing, we still continue to be members of the party until determined otherwise by the Supreme Court,” he said.