Opposition FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has advised State House Spokesperson and Presidential Aid for Media and Public Relations Amos Chanda to use his media briefings to update the public on the state of the nation as opposed to giving free publicity to UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr Mwanza said it was worrying that Mr Chanda, whom he described as the President’s mouthpiece has turned the platform which he is supposed to use to put a spot light on the President and his government into launch pad for missiles for attacking Hakainde Hichilema.
He said Mr Chanda has continued to make the opposition leader as a subject matter instead of his boss something he said was free publicity for the opposition leader.
“Since President Lungu was elected in office, comrade Amos Chanda, the President’s mouthpiece has held a number of press briefings. What is worrying, is that instead of using these press briefings as a the people on platform to update the state of the nation and as a tool for him to push a narrative that his Government wants the people to hear and believe, he has turned these press conferences as launch pads to fire missiles and bitter savor at Hakainde Hichilema.
“Instead of putting the spot light on his boss and put a very positive glow on him, he always lamentably puts the spotlight on HH, making him the subject of discussion at the expense of his own boss and his Government. Why should you be giving your “opponent” free publicity? That is bad strategy. You don’t help President Lungu by always discussing his opponent at every given opportunity; in fact you are doing him a disservice by highlighting his opponent,” he said.
He said Mr Chanda should realise that his strategy of attacking his opponent has been used before and has led to losses such as that of Rupiah Banda in 2011.
“My humble advice to Comrade Amos Chanda and his boss is that they must realise that they are in power and thus people expect nothing but leadership from them. People are not really interested in hearing state house talking about HH or any opposition leader, they are interested in solutions; they want answers from their leaders; they don’t expect cheap politicking from their leaders.
“Spending too much time talking about HH, and forcing him to recognise President Lungu only makes the Government look unsure about them; it makes them appear to be frightened little men who are not really convinced of their own victory. It confirms HH’s narrative that they didn’t win the elections,” he said.