Former Republican Vice President Enock Kavindele says UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and his Vice Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba are not fit to rule the country due to their continued use of unpalatable language.
He said Mr Hichilema did not have the qualities needed for a leader of a country such as Zambia.
Speaking at media briefing in Lusaka this morning, Mr Kavindele said as a seasoned politician he felt duty bound to offer political guidance to the country after seeing political activities which continue to be marred by controversy and squabbles.
Mr Kavindele who saved under Presidents Fredrick Chiluba and Patrick Mwanawasa in the MMD government said the opposition have done little to convince the Zambian people that they should be given the mandate apart from showering colourful insults on the ruling party.
He said the opposition should do more in terms offering solutions to problems affecting ordinary people adding that some of the objections on how the country should be governed as to the levels of maturity of the opposition.
Meanwhile Mr Kavindele says the UPND leaders Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Mwamba are not fit to rule the country because power has already gotten to their heads before even being voted into office.
“I have observed that Mr Hichilema and his Vice President have been using hate speech even before they assumed leadership of this country. In my considered opinion, it might be worse should they win. If they can use poor language freely before he becomes President, he might become worse,” he said.
“In my view therefore, continued Mr Kavindele, having assessed the two top contenders, I feel the Zambian people must consider voting for President Lungu in August. Our country deserves a President who is tolerant and forgiving. One who can reason beyond politics. Unfortunately I don’t see such qualities in my brother, friend and colleague Hakainde Hichilema.”
Further Mr Kavindele reminded Guy Scott to be mindful of his language saying unlike most Zambians he has another country to run to.
He said Dr Scott should remember that he was almost jailed for using inflammatory language during the Mwanawasa government.
He said he baffled that the former Vice President could issue a similar statement to the one that put in trouble and was arrested for before he (Kavindele) helped him by signing for the bond.
Asked about the challenges being faced in the former ruling party, the MMD, Mr Kavindele said the problems in MMD started with the manner in which Nevers Mumba was elected as President of the party.
He said that MMD President Dr. Nevers Mumba has lamentably failed to run the party because the party leadership did not listen to advise when they were told that they should elect the President from the provinces because doing so would only divide the party.
Mr. Kavindele, who served twice as Vice President under Frederick Chiluba and Levy Mwanawasa, said that the problem with the current MMD leadership is that they don’t want want to consult other people with experience.
Mr. Kavindele said that what is happening in the party at the moment is a total tragedy which needs to be corrected saying MMD is still a big party to struggle like this.
He said that it is confusing that Dr. Mumba has maintained that he is still MMD President while another group will be going to the convention in Kabwe next week and possibly come back with another party president
He further said the party risked disintegrating into two just like what happened in Zimbabwe with the MDC which had two party Presidents.