The United Party for National Development distances itself from the Times of Zambia headline “HH recognises EL”
The headline in the Times of Zambia is misleading and inaccurate, with an intent to create an impression to the people of Zambia that President Hakainde Hichilema has recognised Patriotic Front President Edgar Lungu as Republican President when actually not.
The statement made by Secretary General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland was very clear and it outlined the process of dialogue pursuant to Commonwealth principles of good practice, governance and rule of law. There was no mention that President Hakainde Hichilema recognised President Lungu as Republican President.
I would like to put it on record that the decision by UPND not to recognise Patriotic Front President Edgar Lungu, as Republican President is not President Hichilema’s decision alone, but it is the position of the entire Party. UPND is an institution run by different stakeholders who sit and discuss issues and build a party position. President Hichilema is always focused with a conscience and vision to build a better life for the people of Zambia. He is also on record that he has always been ready for dialogue but that should not be used to mean that he recognises President Lungu as Republican President.
UPND is dedicated to dialogue and am sure Times of Zambia have President Hichilema’s statement and I quote “I am just a villager from Bweengwa, I did not come here to seek your sympathy, I came here for JUSTICE, you can take that sympathy somewhere else” To our Colleagues in the MEDIA we understand the environment and the difficulties and the risks you continue to face but it is our earnest appeal that you remain professional and responsible in your reporting which should be guided by your conscious.Remember you have life outside the Media. To our visionary President Hichilema the political courage you have continued to demonstrate in incarceration brings out your conscientious judgement needed in a leader.
The membership and the world at large eagerly awaits your unconditional release.
Issued by Ruth Dante UPND MEDIA DIRECTOR