Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema over the weekend told Copperbelt residents never to be duped by the PF lies again ahead of any elections in future.
Speaking at Kitwe’s Radio Ichengelo and at various meetings he held in Wusakile and other compounds, Mr. Hichilema said the PF’s 90-day slogan left a bad taste in most people’s mouths to a point where no matter how they try to sugar coat it, it will not change the fact they are just a bunch of liars who have polluted Zambian politics.
Mr. Hichilema, who toured various markets and was also part of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), who held prayer meetings at Kitwe’s St. Margaret United Church of Zambia to fight for a new constitution, said it was sad that PF leaders had no shame in glorifying a grand deception 90-days slogan.
He said PF had really polluted politics to a point where the population may no longer trust genuine leaders in future because of the culture of lies.
“Can you imagine we are still quarrelling on the constitution making process when President Michael Sata promised to deliver a people driven constitution within 90-days. Mr. Sata kept repeating the same promises even after being elected during his address to parliament. Now he has completely changed and is saying there is no need for a new constitution,” Mr. Hichilema said.
The UPND leader said what was even more painful is that the process was funded using tax payers money which is the more reason Zambians should claim for the constitution even without the 90-days bufi promises, because any Zambian in his right state of mind would not want to see tax payers money being put to waste.
“Even if all the Zambians accept the PF lies and character of deception, I will stand alone defending what I believe is a virtue in humanity which is, the need for integrity. Imagine what will happen to the fabric of our society if all people espoused PF lies and grand deception as a way of conducting social and commercial transactions,” he asked.
“Mr. Sata on his own accord promised to lead Zambia in accordance with the 10 commandments. So, for him to deliberately and persistently go against the commandments is a clear attempt to mock God for personal gain, it is very unfortunate to say the least, and honestly, I fear for him,” Mr. Hichilema said.
He said the 9th Commandment in the Bible found in Exodus 20 v16 and in Deuteronomy 5 v 20, reads “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour”. This is essentially a command against lying. To give false testimony or bear false witness simply means to lie about another person, especially for personal gain.
Mr. Hichilema said the Bible was full of warnings about the consequences of this sort of behaviour, for example in Galatians 6 v 7 “Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows”.
“What do you do with a person who confesses to you that they did not mean what they said after you have fallen for the lie?,” Mr. Hichilema asked as the crowd responded “you remove them!”
He said PF should just admit that they are political failures who are in a scramble for personal wealth going by the numerous contradictions, instructions and counter-instructions among themselves as no one seems to know what to do.
“Be it on the constitution, referendum and distribution of farming inputs, it is all lies and someone has made money over the inflated and over priced fertilizer. They cheat you that a constitution referendum is very expensive yet they are inducing a countless number of by-elections almost on a daily basis,” he said.
He warned that Zambians should now brace themselves for increased mealie meal prices, fuel costs, electricity tariffs, increased transport costs, a raising national debt due to borrowing, and other hardships while PF leaders are enjoying free medical services abroad.
When asked about president Sata’s holiday, Mr. Hichilema said the norm in the civilised world is for the country to know where the leader has gone for obvious reasons, such as security, diplomatic considerations and for the stability of the country, as it leaves no area for insinuations.
“Yes our president deserves a holiday but the office he holds demands that where he is on holiday is known. Can you imagine David Cameron (British Prime Minister), Barrack Obama (USA President), Angela Meckel (Germany Chancellor) disappearing without people knowing? In fact, for our colleagues, we would even be seeing holiday pictures of the president laying on a camp chair; on some beach somewhere but in a known place,” he said.
“Imagine if it was former presidents Rupiah Banda or late Levy Mwanawasa (MHSRIP) who announced that they were going on a 14-day working holiday “somewhere”, there are no points guessing who would be the first person to be making noise in newspapers and morning radio stations”, Mr Hichilema concluded.