A youth leader has said the United Party for National Development (UPND) should stop crying to the international community if they cannot participate in global events such as International Women’s Day celebrations.
In a statement, Prince Ndoyi expressed disappointment that the UPND leadership instructed their women to shun Women’s Day celebrations saying the event is neither a PF nor Edgar Lungu day but a global day that celebrates women.
He said the UPND should stop playing double standards by instructing the women in their party to shun international events while using money from government through the contributions from their Members of Parliament which includes women MPs to insult government.
“There was no need to shun women’s day celebrations as if the International Women’s Day is a Patriotic Front day or an Edgar Lungu Day. These are the same people who are going round crying to the international community but are failing to recognise international events.
The UPND should stop playing double standards, while they instruct the women in the party to shun national events; the leadership in the party is using money from government through the contributions from their Members of Parliament which includes women MPs to insult government,” he said.
He said the UPND leadership was embarrassed that they cannot point a finger at President Edgar Lungu when it comes to women empowerment because the President had demonstrated that he considers women to be equal partners in development by appointing the first female Vice President of the Republic.
He noted that it is days like this when stakeholders including political parties compare notes on strategies to improve the welfare of women especially on meeting regional standards and protocols on women participation in leadership.
Mr Ndoyi who is the former ZANASU Vice President further said it was appalling to see how the UPND’s leadership has begun to handle national issues judging from the way they are handling last year’s election loss as they have continued to live in denial by refusing to accept the outcome.
He also laughed at the notion that UPND women did not participate in the celebration saying the women celebrated with their colleagues through the various organisations they belong to.
“The UPND leadership in fact should not cheat itself that their women didn’t attend yesterday’s celebrations.The only thing that was missing was their party regalia otherwise the UPND women were represented through different organisations like the church.
“In a democracy it is folly to think because one individual says don’t attend this or that, and then no one will. People are seeing through the desperation of their leader to hold on to the party presidency. One cannot use such an important day on the calendar of women to gain sympathy and political mileage,” he said.
Mr Ndoyi commended women from the various political parties who participated in the celebration saying “the event is not about the Egos of individuals but celebrations of achievements scored by women in our different spheres of life.”