The Tonga Tradition Association (TTA) has described the opposition UPND as an amateur in it’s handling of the ongoing debate and attempts by the PF government to realign two districts from the Southern Province.
TTA president Dickson Namanza says the UPND has exposed its amateurish way of handling national issues by using youths to champion its cause on important occasions such as the youth day celebrations which the party youths boycotted yesterday in protest.
Mr. Namanza who however says he is against the realignment of the districts as nature is immovable, says the opposition party should not seek to gain political mileage during important national events but show maturity in its approach by realizing that national days are meant at interacting with those in authority on important matters affecting the country.
He says it is difficult to understand the level of thinking that the UPND is exposing itself to and added that the Tonga Tradition Association will never be part to decisions that would end up disadvantaging the youths in the province and completely alienate them from the process of national development.
He adds that he was in support of the statement by Chieftainess Mwenda of Mazabuka who called on the UPND to realize its position in the governance of the country and desist from using youths to champion a cause that has no direct bearing on it as a political party.
But Southern Province UPND Youth Chairman,Francis Hakayobe has advised both chieftainess Mwenda and Mr Namanza to silently seek President Michael Sata’s financial help and leave the UPND alone as it was championing a cause that concerned the people in the region.
Mr. Hakayobe says the party is aware of machinations by the chieftainess to gain state favors as evidenced by her visit to state house last month which reportedly ended into her being transported back to her palace in a state helicopter after promising to incite other chiefs to accept the realignment move.
The youth leader said the people of the Southern Province will not be swayed by hypocritical and selfish leaders with greedy agendas that do not benefit the region and was quick to commend the chiefs led by chief Mukuni and other delegates that attended the stakeholders meeting in Choma,describing them as patriots.