PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Chama has said the opposition in the country has lost its meaning because it is made up of individuals with personal hatred against President Lungu.
In a statement issued released to the media in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Chama said that that it is unfortunate that some opposition political parties have adopted a culture of opposing everything that the government is doing for the sake of doing so.
Mr Chama assured Zambians that Government will not be shaken by baseless attacks from the opposition.
He said opposition political parties have a duty to provide objective checks and balances to Government instead of unnecessary criticism.
Mr Chama assured people that the PF administration will deliver to their expectations even under difficult conditions.
Mr Chama said Government is on course in finding solutions to the problems affecting the country and will not waste time responding to unreasonable criticism from frustrated politicians.
“Many would agree with me that our country remained behind in infrastructure development during the MMD era. When PF took over, we accelerated infrastructure development with an aim to improve the standards of living of our people.
“It is for this reason that we have massive infrastructure development throughout the country and construction is a very expensive exercise, you may not see the benefits of constructing the Mongu-Kalabo road or Chipata- Mfuwe road but with time people will come to realise and appreciate afterwards,” Mr Chama said.
He said Government under President Lungu’s leadership has continued to implement development projects and complete existing ones.
“We have a mandate and a vision as a party under President Edgar Lungu to reduce the cost of living for our people through sustainable economic development. Therefore, as Patriotic Front, we will ensure that what is contained in the party manifesto is delivered to our people,” Mr Chama said.
“Our President has demonstrated love and humility to mankind and has remained committed to bettering the lives of our people. Recently, he launched the national youth policy which is going to create wider opportunities for our youths,” he said.
Mr Chama also said Rainbow Party president Wynter Kabimba is allegedly a destructive politician who cannot be entrusted with State power.
He charged that Mr Kabimba is a threat to Zambia’s democracy because of his “one man show” kind of politics that he practices.
“We are not going to relent as a party, we shall continue working hard to develop our country. European countries have managed to develop because the opposition and the media offer constructive criticism to government,” he said.
Mr Chama also said it is important for leaders to be magnanimous because it is impossible for Government to do everything wrong.
He also refuted media reports suggesting that the PF has hired a consulting company to help it win the 2016 general elections.
Mr Chama said at no time has the PF hired a consulting firm to help it win the 2016 general elections.
“I am not aware of any consulting firm that has been hired by the PF to help us win the 2016 general elections,” he said in an interview.
Mr Chama, however, said that if there are companies that are making themselves available for consultancy work, they are free to do so because they have a service to offer.
He was reacting to a story in yesterday’s edition of the Post newspaper suggesting that PF has hired an Israeli company to help it win the 2016 elections.
Mr Chama said there is nothing sinister about hiring a consultancy firm when it comes to being helped to win elections.
He said it is public knowledge that the MMD hired image builders before the 2011 tripartite elections.