President Edgar Lungu has described as irresponsible the decision by United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema to write to United Nations (UN) over alleged threats to democracy and rule of law in Zambia.
Mr Hichilema recently wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to seek an intervention over the matter.
Responding to questions from journalists in Livingstone yesterday at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport shortly before his departure for Mongu, President Lungu described the move as irresponsible.
“It is very irresponsible move for Mr Hichilema to write to the UN,” President Lungu said.
Mr Lungu, who addressed a mammoth rally at Villa Grounds in Livingstone on Sunday, was yesterday standing inside his vehicle along Musitunya Road while waving at Livingstone residents as the presidential motorcade was going to Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport.
The Zambia Airforce (ZAF) plane, which carried the Head of State, left the airport around 08:45 hours for Mongu to continue drumming up support for the ruling party candidates.
And PF Livingstone Constituency Chairperson Elias Mwila said the huge turnout of Livingstone residents during President Lungu ‘ s public rally was a sign of victory for the ruling party both at parliamentary and local government elections.
Mr Mwila said in an interview yesterday that the ruling party was expected to retain the parliamentary seat and win more than five wards from the 17 wards in Livingstone Constituency.
“As you may be aware, we only had three councillors in the suspended council but we are hopeful that we will have more than five councillors.
“Our campaigns have been fruitful and we have gauged that we are a popular party in Livingstone,” Mr Mwila said.
He also dismissed claims that the ruling party brought cadres fro districts outside Livingstone to fill up Villa Grounds during President Lungu ‘ s public rally.
“It is not true that we hired trucks and buses to ferry people to Villa Grounds from other towns of Southern Province.
“The local people in Livingstone started flocking to Villa Grounds around 13 hours and the Ground was fully packed around 18 hours when President Lungu arrived to address the gathering,” Mr Mwila said.
PF Livingstone Parliamentary candidate Omar Munsanje said the ruling party was ready to carry the day on August 11, 2016 going by the succesful campaigns conducted.
Mr Munsanje, who is former Livingstone District Commissioner, said a lot of people in Livingstone had confidence in the leadership of President Lungu.
He also trashed claims suggesting that the ruling party ‘imported party supporters from other districts on Sunday, adding that those who attended the meeting were local residents.