HH endangering youths-Sakeni
CHIEF Government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni says United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema is endangering the youth by inciting them into riotous acts.
Mr Sakeni said this in reference to last Thursday’s incident in which police teargased UPND cadres who had escorted Mr Hichilema to Lusaka Central Police for questioning.
He said in most instances innocent young people are left to languish in hospital and police cells while Mr Hichilema is in the comfort of his house.
“Mr Hichilema’s recent conduct is just a repeat of the many instances when he has mobilised innocent young people, caused them to break the law, and then abandoned them to bear the consequences of his actions while he retreats to the comfort of his Kabulonga residence,” he said.
“And when the barest minimum of courage demands, Mr Hichilema even grows cold feet and fails to appear for a mere interview at the police station.
“Young people must now be wary of being used by Mr Hichilema, who cannot even be there to protect them when he makes them break the law. To him they are just human shields he uses to protect himself from the full wrath of his cowardly acts,” he said.
Mr Sakeni, who is the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said it is about time Zambian youths realised who Mr Hichilema really is and reject his tendency of using them as shields for his cowardly acts.
Mr Sakeni said young people should realise that a leader should always protect them and his actions must always be in their interest.
He said these are the qualities that make President Sata “light years” ahead of Mr Hichilema in terms of leadership.
“Even when he was in opposition, President Sata ensured that his supporters, particularly young people, did not use their political grievances to damage property or commit any acts of lawlessness.
We therefore wish to advise our young people to avoid being used by a cowardly ‘General’ who cannot stand the battlefront of his worthless wars, which are born out of bitterness and frustration as a result of his declining political fortunes and growing insignificance in the political life of the country,” Mr Sakeni said.
He said on several occasions, President Sata restrained his supporters from any violent means of resolving concerns, qualities, he said, Mr Hichilema would never possess.
He said Mr Hichilema was a secret admirer of President Sata’s political tactic and strategy.
“But being a bad student that he always has been, he is doing it the illegal way in different circumstances from those that prevailed when President Sata was in opposition. Let him know that there can only be one Michael Chilufya Sata!” Mr Sakeni said.
[Zambia Daily mail]