THE Patriotic Front (PF) on October 19 admonished United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema for his unrelenting schemes aimed at frustrating the PF and described him as a “selfish politician interested in championing personal gains”.
And the PF has urged MMD members not to allow former republican President Rupiah Banda to “auction” them to Mr Hichilema because he allegedly wants to save himself from the wrongs he committed against Zambians.
PF secretary general and spokesperson Wynter Kabimba said this at the party’s first press briefing after winning the September 20 general elections. “For Mr Hichilema service to the Zambian people only means one thing…he must be the president over all of us. This was his scheme in 2006 when he took over the UPND as president and in June 2009 when he invited PF into a pact with UPND.”
“His agenda is a personal one and our people should judge him for what he is…a selfish politician,” Mr Kabimba said. He said it is disappointing that Mr Hichilema and some UPND members have failed to understand the true meaning of President Sata’s “watershed speech” delivered in Parliament on October 14.
Mr Kabimba said Mr Hichilema has vowed to frustrate PF programmes within and outside Parliament.
He said this is Mr Hichilema’s second vow after the first one when he promised to work with MMD to ensure President Sata does not win the September 20 tripartite elections.
Mr Kabimba said Mr Hichilema is on record to have told Zambians during the defunct PF/UPND pact that he would never work with the MMD because Mr Banda and his ministers were allegedly corrupt.
He said today because Mr Banda has allegedly offered him the inheritance of the MMD “which he thinks will propel him to power in 2016,” the former head of State has become a saint to him.
Mr Kabimba said Zambians should not trust Mr Hichilema with powers of managing the affairs of the country. “In his typical bitterness and anger he went to MMD to try to prevent Michael Sata from winning the election. We thank God that Mr Hichilema’s evil intentions did not come to pass,” Mr Kabimba said.
He said President Sata won the election to Mr Hichilema’s utmost shock and disappointment from which he has failed to recover to date.
Mr Kabimba said it is not surprising Mr Hichilema has now moved to another scheme to block the PF from fighting corruption committed by the previous government.
He said the PF wants to know who gave instructions for the killings which occurred in Western Province, beneficiaries from oil imports arising from blatant breaches of tender procedures and people behind the auctioning of the gold which was in the custody of the Drug Enforcement Commission.
The PF wants to know the circumstances which led to the acquittal of former president Chiluba and his wife, Regina, the circumstances in which two Lexus vehicles costing K3.6 billion were bought and how the privitisation of Luanshya mine and other were undertaken and who determined the fees for the transactions.
Mr Kabimba said the PF wants to know if Mr Banda is a Zambian under the Constitution and eligible to stand as a presidential candidate in 2008 and if the MMD attempted to rig the September 20 polls.
He said if these matters do not worry Mr Hichilema about how Zambia was governed in the recent past then he is a wrong person to lead Zambia.
And Mr Kabimba has appealed to Government to consider compensating the families of people who lost their relatives and property during the disturbances and riots on the Copperbelt on September 21. He said these people should be compensated because they wanted to ensure the MMD did not again steal votes and frustrate the people’s choice for a new political leadership.