Patriotic Front (PF) Central Province Youth Chairperson Moses Chilando has said the ruling party has noted with concern a growing trend by non-Zambians aligned to the United Party for National Development (UPND) incarcerated leader Hakainde Hichilema taking turns in throwing mud at Zambia’s enviable reputation.
Chilando was reacting to Professor Michael Wahman an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri, specializes in elections, democratization and African over his recent sentiment in favour of the UPND.
He noted that the youth in PF will not allow every Tom, Dick and Harry to have a field day in tarnishing Zambia’s reputation because Zambia is a sovereign nation and the youth will not waste time talking about other Countries including the USA that Professor Wahman comes from.
Chilando has since noted that Professor Wahman’s article is full of lies, hypocrisy and carries the wrong notion that the West knows best, adding that Professor Wahman appears to assume that the only model of democracy that exists on planet earth is the American one where citizens can take turns in insulting their President.
He added that although Professor Wahman claims to be specialized in elections, democratization and Africa, his statement clearly indicates that he has failed to realize that democracy has never taken a “One-Size-Fits-All” approach.
“What makes this Professor think he is qualified to lecturer Zambians about her own democracy when decisions being taken in the case of Hakainde Hichilema are those provided for under our laws?”
“Who is this Professor to predict that Zambia will never be the same even if Hichilema is to be released?”
“Is Hakainde Hichilema the first Politician to be charged with treason in Zambia?”
“Let us point out for his uneducated position that there have been Zambians charged and others convicted for treason before, some of whom had a higher political stature than Hichilema. Did Zambia ground to a halt therefore?”
“Professor Wahman should know better that he cannot argue democracy from a “condomised” approach. Democracy as we all know is about the people, for the people and by the people – In our context, the people being the Zambian people who voted for President Edgar Lungu on 11th August 2016” Chilando said