UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has refuted allegation linking him to Freemasonry as malicious.
Speaking on Wednesday night on Muvi Television during a programme dubbed Zambia Decides, Mr Hichilema said it was malicious individuals who are scared of his popularity that are labelling him as belonging to a cult.
“I am an Adventist. I am a Christian and everyone knows that. I don’t know what masonry is. The people accusing me of being a mason are just malicious,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said others are also accusing him of planning to mortgage the country in exchange for campaign support.
“Flying in a plane is not a new thing to me. I flew around the country in 2011 and 2008. UPND is offering direction and as a result, people are sponsoring it,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said the UPND has a heart for Zambians and so will make their livelihoods better.
On the program, MrHichilema promised to build up on the good which successive governments left if elected as the country’s president next year.
Mr Hichilema said taking over a new government involves a build-over approach.
“We will keep the good things which the former presidents did. We will only do away with the negative ones,” he said.
He said the development that the country has seen in the past years was through taxpayers’ money, hence the need to continue.