THERE is too much name-calling, insults, and hatred in the way we conduct politics in Zambia and that is why I have decided to resign from the UPND so that I can explore other platforms to promote new issue-based politics, former UPND Bweengwa Member of Parliament Highvie Hamududu has said.
Speaking to the Daily Nation yesterday, Mr. Hamududu said he had resigned from the UPND to reflect on the best way he could contribute to the general political situation in the country.
He said the current political situation which was characterised by insults, hate speech, and name-calling was not the best Zambia needed and that he had taken time off politics to reflect on what best needed to be done to enhance the level of engagement by politicians.
He said time to clean up the kind of politics practiced in Zambia and that he will use any platform to propagate his vision for clean politics adding that he did not resign out of bitterness because he was left out of the parliamentary race by the UPND last year.
“It is not that I am bitter. It has nothing to do with my not being adopted in the 2016 elections. For me, this is the time to reflect and see how I can add value to this country. It is time to clean these politics of hate, insults, and name-calling and bring in a new era of doing politics which are issue-based as opposed to what we currently have.
“The current political scenario in this country is derailing development in Zambia and I believe there will be other platforms which I can use to contribute to the development of this country. Believe me, my resignation has nothing g to do with my not being adopted last year by the UPND,” Mr. Hamududu said.
Mr. Hamududu announced his resignation on Wednesday in a short letter dated 17th March, 2017 addressed to the UPND secretary
general Stephen Katuka. “I wish to inform you that I have resigned from the party with immediate effect. Wishing you well,” Mr. Hamududu said.
Mr. Hamududu was among the UPND bigwigs who were overlooked by the party in the 2016 general elections.
He was MP for Bweengwa from 2006 until last year when he was replaced by Kasautu Michelo who was adopted ahead of him.