Squabbles in PF and MMD threaten national security- HH



18th November 2014

United We Must Stand

I would like to appeal to politicians in the PF and MMD to reflect on their behavior over the past week.

The squabbles and struggles that have engulfed the PF and MMD threaten the trust between Zambians and their politicians, and our hope for a better future. It undermines the peace and stability we treasure as a nation.

We must remember that what needs to be done in terms of development and delivering change for the Zambian people over the next few months is much more important than any one personal or political disagreement.

What needs to be done requires strength and unity of purpose. It is therefore essential that any party putting itself forward for the Presidential by ­election has its own house in order first. Otherwise, squabbling and infighting will quickly distract it from delivering on its promises, which will then remain only words and never actions.

After the events of the past week it is hard to see how either the MMD or PF could be expected to lead a united country when they are so divided themselves. Not only can they not agree on a candidate, but now they also cannot agree on the modality of selecting a candidate.

As such, I would like to take this opportunity to praise the example shown by the UPND party members who have recognized the seriousness of the task at hand and thank them for their continued support. I encourage them to carry on in the same vein and lead us forward to a better Zambia.

Hakainde Hichilema
UPND President

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