President Michael Sata has advised UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to always endeavour to sell a personal image of unity and patriotism.
The President described Mr. Hichilema’s call on Zambians to shun the Independence Day celebrations as an insult to freedom fighters and many who lost their lives to liberate this country.
“Mr. Hichilema’s efforts to entice Zambians with such ‘pick- pocket schemes’ are proof of his inappropriateness to be considered for public office. We know he is desperate to manufacture excuses to justify his dwindling political fortunes but let him for once respect moments that bind us together as Zambians,” the President said.
“More fundamentally, Independence Day celebrations are well beyond partisan politics as they signify the country’s historical victory and remind us of where we are coming from as a people. Therefore, I find it hard to believe that a person aspiring to lead our beloved country should be the one in the forefront fanning such unpatriotic tendencies.
“Mr. Hichilema’s irresponsible utterances only go to show his self-centredness and glutton. In fact, both his professional and political life bear features of a transmissible existence. Probably, this why he does not value other people’s hard work because he is used to take over benefits born out of other person’s sweat and blood.”
President Sata advised the UPND leader to embrace nation building, unity and development in his quest for public office.
Special Assistant To The President For Press And Public Relations