UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says he will not stop engaging with the international community because of the human rights abuse being perpetrated by the ruling PF.
Mr Hichilema said his party will continue to both local and international agencies because they are fully aware that not doing so my be catastrophic for the country and its democracy.
He said his party will not engage in unproductive debate the partners they are engaging with as opposed to insinuations by opponents.
“The ugly acts of political suppression, including those we have been subjected to, the abuse of security agencies, biased public media, intimidation of journalists, and other gross human rights abuses are some of the key issues we have been engaging the international community on. This dialogue includes a recent event where we hosted a number of diplomats accredited to Zambia.
“We shall keep engaging both local and international agencies because we are fully aware of what has happened in other countries when such engagements were undertaken only too late to prevent serious harm and democratic weakening.
“We are making it clear here that we have no room for unproductive debates with these partners as being insinuated by our opponents. Our strong Christian values and primary focus on the development of our people are our guiding lights in this respect,” said Mr Hichilema.
Mr Hichilema further reassured both the local and international community that Zambia still has a conducive environment for doing business despite the current happenings in the political scene.
“We shall also keep reassuring the local and international community of the conducive environment for business in Zambia, despite the current happenings in the political scene that has the potential to scare away potential investors at a time the majority of our people, especially youths and women, need job opportunities.
“These are issues that are so dear to us, rather than thinking about training a militia wing in the middle of a highly populated town and residential areas. Such actions would completely undermine our focus on economic growth and development, and unlike those who would accuse us we know that peace and unity is requirement number one for progress and improved living conditions for all Zambians,” he said.