FOLLOWING HIS TOUR OF MILLING PLANTS, HAKAINDE HICHILEMA MUST APOLOGISE TO ZAMBIANS FOR LYING ABOUT MAIZE EXPORTS AND IMPORTS ON BBC – SUNDAY CHANDA, PF INFORMATION COMMITTEE
MPIKA, 24TH APRIL 2016 – Now that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has been caught in his own web of lies following his tour of milling plants in Lusaka, we demand that he personally apologizes to the Government and people of Zambia over his lies that Zambia had exported all the Maize for $200 per tonne and imported the same for $500 per tonne.
He further owes BBC an apology for feeding them with deliberate lies to propel his political ambitions. His lies were designed to present to the outside world that a Government of the people and for the people, the Patriotic Front (PF) was irresponsible and did not care about the welfare of its people. We challenge Mr. Hichilema to substantiate his lies regarding the exportation and importation of maize or we take it that he is a liar.
Today, 24th April 2016, Mr. Hichilema undertook a tour of milling plants in Lusaka. As usual, he has sought to hide his previous lies by talking about the challenges of load shedding and increased costs of production, as some factors which have raised the price of the commodity.
While Mr. Hichilema seeks to play politics over the linkages between load shedding and costs of production, we seek to remind him that Zambians are not gullible as he believes. Zambians know that the load shedding the country has experienced has been due to erratic rains and reduced water levels to propel our hydro-electric power generation. While as a seemingly self-proclaimed rainmaker Mr. Hichilema blamed previous erratic rainfall seasons on PF and His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Zambians know that rains are a divine provision of God.
It is common sense that electricity load shedding leads to increased costs of production for respective sectors in the economy, including the milling industry. In responding to these challenges, President Lungu’s Government has made enormous investments in the energy sector which Mr. Hichilema is shy to acknowledge.
The PF Government informed the nation that mealie meal shortages in the country were as a result of smuggling, hoarding and panic buying due to food shortage speculations fueled by among others, Mr. Hichilema’s lies on BBC that the country had no Maize.
We do not know else Mr. Hichilema expected the markets and consumers alike to react when he lied that Zambia had exported all its maize for $200 per tonne and importing it back in the country for $500! Today the UPND leader attributes reports of shortages to either incorrect calculations or other problems such as distribution and illegal exports. We challenge Mr. Hichilema to tell Zambians and BBC whether he still stands by his lies of Zambia exporting all her maize for $200 and importing it back for $500 per tonne!
Lastly we want to caution Mr. Hichilema against issuing inflammatory statements which glorify the criminality that followed after a spate of ritual killings. His last press conference was full of vile when he paid lip service to the ritual killings.
His statement of today still makes recent acts of criminality against foreign nationals as a point of reference for the social unrest he desires to see in Zambia in order for him to win the next election. When Mr. Hichilema issued a statement purported to condemn the acts of criminality against foreigners, he still could not hide that to him everything negative in the country must be warped to benefit his narrow political objectives.