UPND Kabwata constituency information and publicity secretary Edmond Lifwekelo has told off former Mongu MP Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika for describing UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s Western province visit as a political mileage trip.
In a statement obtained by the Zambian Watchdog, Lifwekelo urged Akashambatwa to pay attention to Mr. Hichilema’s messages before he (Aka) opens his mouth. He said unlike Aka’s boss, Michael Sata who promised to honor the Barotse agreement during his desperate campaign for 2011 elections, Mr. Hichilema has promised a lasting solution to the problem and equal distribution of resources to the region.
Recently, Aka was quoted in the Barotse Post as having said that successive Zambian governments have cheated the people of Barotseland and Mr. Hichilema’s on going visit of the region was for political expedience but Lifwekelo said the vocal Aka must put the blame on himself because he has been part and parcel of the Zambian governments.
Lifwekelo accused Aka of desperately looking for a job from PF and has thus appointed himself as spokesperson for the people of Western province. He urged him to be sober minded as the people of Western province were mature enough to know which politician to vote for in the next elections after the terrible disappointment by PF and Michael Sata.
And a group calling itself ‘UPND image builders 2016’ has told off Aka as follows:
‘You Sir are not the right person to be talking about the issues in Western Province as we recall you have been an Mp for Mongu Central twice during your time as MP you promised farmers there to sell their produce but you ended cheating them out of their produce the money you made wasn’t accounted for by you properly which resulted in you losing the seat in Mongo Central.
‘In January 2009 to 2010 you were appointed Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs in Mr Rupiah Banda’s Government and never once did you advise the previous MMD government over the Barosteland issue which resulted in 2 people being killed by police in Mongu. We never heard a single protest from you Sir or a resignation in protest but in January 2010 you were rewarded with another job by the MMD government which you kindly took as Tanzania Zambia Rail Authority’s new Managing Director .What is insulting is to have a person like you who pretends to be helping the people of Western Province but yet you served in both UNIP and MMD government and you did nothing to address the Barosteland issue or even help in bringing in development in the area . Today when UPND President Hakainde Hichilema tours Western Province you are the first to condemn , there is nothing wrong with Mr Hichilema stating that a long lasting solution should be found for the people of Western Province. What Western Province needs like many neglected provinces is empowerment , wealth creation , economic and social development .The people of Western Province and BRE need to feel that they are a part of Zambia and this can only be done if development is brought into the Province .Developing all Provinces in the country is the main agenda when UPND comes into power .
Mr Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika UPND President has always condemned the harsh treatment and the killings of innocent people in Western Province and continues to condemn the use of police and Army by PF Government to intimidate the people of Western Province .You have failed Mr Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika so we advise that you keep quiet let those with wisdom address and find a long lasting solution to the problems the people of Western Province have been facing since 1964.We believe in a one Zambia one nation dialogue ,respect, peace and action is the key to bringing all our people together We can only thank the Litunga and Barosteland Royal Establishment for giving UPND a chance to meet and embrace our people who need help like many Provinces in Zambia.