PRESIDENT LUNGU AND PF DO NOT LOSE SLEEP OVER OPPOSITION’S PLAY OF SIMPLE POLITICS OF PLACATION
Lusaka, Zambia, 24th July 2015 – We wish to assure United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema that His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the entire PF administration will not lose any sleep over what the Opposition leader considers to be ‘mounting pressure’.
We further wish to assure that nothing of the Opposition’s propaganda and twisted ideologies aimed at swaying public opinion will succeed in breaking the enduring spirit of the Zambian people. Zambians know that the Opposition’s ‘sugar-coated’ politics and pronouncements or politics of placation may win a few headlines but do not work.
As the PF, we shall continue to explain to the Zambian people the opportunities and challenges while re-assuring that the of Government’s investments will surely not bear fruit in the “24hour-news cycles” but that the direct and indirect benefits will accrue to the present and future generations of Zambians. PF is certain that posterity will judge generously the on-going investments.
The Opposition can be assured that President Lungu and PF are not afraid of public scrutiny of the respective programs and decisions being made.
This is because PF understands that such scrutiny and criticism by the Opposition and other stakeholders, when done objectively and in good faith, are essential in creating the desired understanding among citizens, which results in either support or opposition to Government’s programs.
PF will continue with the tremendous task of informing and alerting the Zambian people of the direction, decisions and challenges, including setbacks on the way. Not only will we acknowledge problems as and when they exist, but we’ll go further to consider short and long-term solutions.
We can therefore assure the Opposition that if causing President Lungu and his PF administration to lose sleep is the objective for their criticism, it will be a difficult one for them to attain.
President Lungu takes his job very seriously and shall remain candid and take responsibility whenever errors arise on PF’s watch. This approach is informed by understanding the wisdom of the past that “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” President Lungu, being a democrat believes in debate and criticism his Government and Zambia are to succeed.
As such, the President and PF is inviting the Opposition to debate issues and challenges in the nation, without becoming personally disagreeable. Our political engagement should not be about specializing in politics of placation without providing alternatives.
Lastly, PF believes that the engagement between itself and the Opposition should be anchored not simply in “giving the public what it wants to hear” but rather what the public needs to hear.
It has been easy for the Opposition to dramatize the load-shedding affecting our people, which is a consequence of Mother Nature and Africa Development Bank Group reports that 30 African countries and Zambia is among them.
In this regard, PF will continue to indicate long-term problems and propose and implement long-term choices. The Opposition can be assured that PF will therefore not relent from its pledge to take Zambia to her promised ‘land of work and joy in unity, all one, strong and free’.
Issued By: Sunday Chanda, Vice Chairperson, PF Media and Publicity Committee