PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Davies Chama has said the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) is full of bitter and frustrated people without any vision or plan on how to run the country.
Mr Chama noted that it would be difficult for Zambians to entrust the affairs of the nation in the hands of the (UPND) because its leadership was full of resentment.
Mr Chama was reacting to UPND Presidential Advisor, Douglas Syakalima who accused the ruling party of being rotten from the head.
Mr Syakalima was also quoted in yesterday’s edition of The Post as saying that Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili did not know anything.
“You can see that this is the manifestation of bitterness, while there are some progressive individuals in UPND, the leadership including the President himself HH (Hakainde Hichilema) are bitter people.
“The bitterness has manifested in so many things, including opposing everything that the Government has done, so I don’t think Zambians can be fooled because they know that UPND are bitter people,” Mr Chama said.
The Ruling party’s Chief Executive Officer reiterated that the Government under President Edgar Lungu had demonstrated tolerance and love for one another which the UPND was despising.
Mr Chama said the ruling party was, however, comforted to note that some people in UPND like Bweengwa Member of Parliament (MP) Highvie Hamududu appreciated that the current economic challenges facing the nation had nothing to do with Mr Lungu.
This followed Mr Hamududu’s contribution in Parliament last week on Thursday where he said that the current depreciation of the Kwacha was caused by lack of planning by the previous government and not Mr Lungu.
Mr Chama wondered when the opposition party would appreciate the good things that the Government had done for the Zambian people.
“If you remember, these people in UPND were saying ‘we will not eat roads’ when government under (late) President Michael Sata embarked on massive road projects.
“Interestingly, the same people turned around during the campaigns and stated that they would continue with road projects if they are voted into office,” he said.
Mr Syakalima served as UPND Member of Parliament (MP) until 2011 when the opposition party adopted Kennedy Hamudulu.
However, the former parliamentarian has been critical of the ruling party by opposing nearly everything that is touched by President Edgar Lungu and his Government.
Mr Chama challenged Mr Syakalima to highlight any development programmes that he initiated when he served as MP instead of criticising the ruling party and its leadership.