CHIEF government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has advised United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema to “ keep quiet” because he is not the right person to measure President Lungu’s performance over the 90 days he has been in office.
Mr Kambwili, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said in an interview yesterday that Mr Hichilema should keep quiet because he has nothing good to say about President Lungu’s leadership and the Patriotic Front (PF) administration.
The minister was reacting to Mr Hichilema’s statement in which he is quoted as saying President Lungu has misplaced his priorities from governance and has allegedly concentrated on travelling abroad.
“It is not HH [Mr Hichilema] to evaluate President Lungu’s stay in office for 90 days but Zambians because this man is a wrong person to judge the President or indeed the PF government. So, my advice to him is that ‘keep quiet’,” he said.
Mr Kambwili said Zambians are seeing that the head of State has performed well in the last three months.
He said although Mr Hichilema has a constitutional right of expression, Zambians are now enlightened and are capable of judging for themselves if President Lungu is incapable of ruling the country.
Mr Kambwili also said it is surprising that as an economist, Mr Hichilema has failed to understand the difficulties world currencies are facing against the United States (US) dollar.
He said it is wrong for Mr Hichilema to allege that the Kwacha has been at its worst performance during President Lungu’s reign when all currencies are performing poorly against the US dollar.
He advised Mr Hichilema to expend his energies on strengthening the UPND by removing the tribal tag on the party instead of talking about the PF.
Mr Kambwili also said Mr Hichilema should prepare for another electoral loss because Zambians will not vote for him if he does not work on removing the tribal tag from the UPND.
Mr Hichilema claimed in a statement issued on Saturday that Zambians have continued to see misdirected priorities under President Lungu’s 90 days in office.