UPND women on the Copperbelt say they are shocked that PF leaders have continued issuing remarks bordering on hate speech just a few days after political parties agreed to engage in civil discourse.
Reacting to PF Deputy General Secretary Mumbi Phiri’s remarks on Monday that mentioning some names makes her loses appetite in reference to Hakainde Hichilema, Faith Mushongo the UPND Copperbelt Women’s Chairperson said remarks by Ms Phiri showed the PF’s lack of tolerance and hatred that they harbour against fellow citizens with different political views.
Ms Mushongo said Ms Phiri should realize that the opposition leader is not only the head of political party but that he is also a family man with a wife and children.
“PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri’s remarks yesterday on Joy FM that she loses her appetite whenever she hears the name Hakainde Hichilema show the level of intolerance, and even hatred, that the entire PF leadership harbours against fellow citizens who hold different political views.
“It is shocking that the PF leadership are back with hate speech barely a week after the political parties Indaba that called for civil public discourse as a way of reducing and ending political violence,” she said.
She said the PF have no campaign message hence the continued attacks on the opposition leader.
“They have now resorted to name calling and much worse in their quest for political survival, as opposed to articulating ideas and plans about how they hope to improve people’s lives. This is misguided and dangerous behaviour.
“Hateful and derogatory remarks, libellous innuendos, and demeaning accusations against fellow citizens are being given air at the expense of discussion of priority areas such as healthcare provision and education, agriculture, job creation for youths, energy deficit, and the ever increasing high cost of living and other issues,” she said.
She also said President was Lungu making the situation worse as with failure to discipline leader who are perpetrating hate speech and political violence.