UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema (HH)has charged that many election rigging activities are coming to the fold .
Addressing the press at Golden Bridge hotel this morning, mr Hichilema charged that Edgar Lungu had no capacity to rule .
“We petitioned the court under article (28) of the constitution of Zambia. We felt that our right to be heard was taken away by the constitutional court and tomorrow we are in court at the high court.”
“If the high court will not hear us we shall appeal to the supreme court and later on to the international courts, ” he said adding that that is the resolve the party had taken.
“From the parliamentary seat judgements you can see a lot and we cannot conclude that the only wrong vote was not the parliamentary one.”
Mr Hichilema also charged that it was retrogressive for the government to introduce loans at the University of Zambia and Copperbelt University because it will disadvantage many youths in the country.
Mr Hichilema said that it was ridiculous for PF to rush into leadership when they have no capacity to rule.
Mr Hichilema also rubbished the 2017 national budget as an empty budget which has no solutions to the challenges facing the people of Zambia. Mr Hichilema said that the PF has taken Zambia backward with their poor leadership skills.
The UPND leader charged that the over borrowing by the PF leadership is a clear indication that they have no capacity to create revenues.
He accused the PF of borrowing money so as to service previous loans .
He also slammed PF minister Kalaba… on his justification of unnecessary foreign tours by government officials that it is difficult to attract investment when PF has failed to create an environment for foreign direct investment.
Mr Hichilema said that the closure of Banks is a clear demonstration of a failed leadership. Mr Hichilema also charged that the statement by Lungu that Zambia does not need any more power stations is misleading and lacks merit.
Mr Hichilema said that a leader who understands could have taken power generation as an investment and not the way Edgar Lungu is behaving.
Mr Hichilema has accused the PF of exacerbating the debt within a short period and wondered why domestic debt can go to such levels in a short period yet there are no drugs in hospitals .
Mr Hichilema also said that the assault on the media by Edgar Lungu is a serious breakdown in the rule of law.
“Today we are back to political prisoners. We have more than 2000 UPND members across the country. we shall not stop talking … we shall continue to talk for the people because we are freedom fighters. Dante Saunders and others fought for our political freedom but the freedom has been taken away”, he said.
Mr Hichilema has urged member not to exercise cowardice but to remain steadfast.
“We have youths in custody for the offence they did not commit. We, in the UPND leadership….they are scheming to give up a trumped up charge of treason so that they can kill the petition…. but we know that there is no need to fear when you have not committed a crime. The country is in a crisis because of bad leadership….”
HH also called for the dissolution of the Electoral Commission of Zambia for failing to preside over free and fair elections.
“Throwing our votes in the dust bin in Kanyama …is that an election?” he wondered
“That is why we petitioned ! Judge Chulu- and Priscilla Isaacs must leave the ECZ.” he demanded.
“There is no credibility in the electoral commission because they have failed.”
From today start demanding for he removal of the people at ECZ…. we want people who are God fearing at ECZ.
Mr Hichilema also boasted that just a month after the elections UPND beat PF in North Western and this clearly shows how powerful UPND is…..
He also wonders why Edgar Lungu is allowing Amos Chanda , a civil servant to engage in politics. Mr Hichilema said that Edgar Lungu is in state house illegally.
Mr Hichilema also said that UPND is demanding that illegal ministers prior to elections must pay back the money to the people of Zambia.
“As UPND, we want to support LAZ in their call for Mwanakatwe and Nkandu Luo to leave parliament. I can tell you that at the time of Levy Mwanawasa this wouldn’t have happened. Ghana and Gambia have independent electoral institutions that is why our friends are doing fine “.