Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has accused President Edgar Lungu of focusing on privatizing all key state assets in order to amass personal wealth.
Mr Hichilema claimed that President Lungu has now started the process of privatizing parts of Luangwa and Kafue National Parks.
He said the move comes after the PF government sold off Chimbokaila Prison in Lusaka.
Mr Hichilema was speaking in Lusaka on Sunday afternoon during a news conference with opposition alliance patients.
The UPND leader called for unity of purpose in the fight against the PF corruption and several other misdeeds in the country.
“Today, they have gone to sell prisons where I was Chimbokaila has been sold. They have sold NRDC your own college,” Mr Hichilema said.
He added, “Today ba Koswe are negotiating to sell part of the National Parks. They started with Luangwa National Park but they have now added Kafue National Park because they feel they don’t have enough time to conclude the sale so they are doing it all at once”
Mr Hichilema said Zambians must protect the country from corrupt PF individuals who are now ready to auction it for 30 pieces of silver as they have done to NRDC and many other government properties.
“Today, Lungu has failed to go to the AU summit because the topic or theme is “anti-corruption” and because he is too corrupt he cannot go there”.Mr Hichilema claimed.
“Where will you run to? The police, the door is closed, ECZ, the door is closed, the judiciary, the door is closed, where will you run to? We need to protect everybody when they are being oppressed,” he said.
“Violence by the PF does not affect the UPND,ADD and People’s Party alone but everybody in the country, including marketeers and street vendors is affected, Mr Hichilema stated.
He added, “The PF is using the money stolen from Mukula trees. ZAFFICO is simply a smoke screen, check the bank account of ZAFFICO where are those millions? ‘Bakoswe Mumpoto’.” Mr Hichilema asked.
“As a country we must, without fail, join hands and stop the PF violence which is being heavily funded through corruption, funds such as those plundered through the immoral and corrupt manner of purchasing 42 fire engines at a cost of 42 million US dollars among others.”
“They are using money stolen from Ambulances, and Fire tenders to fund thugs and today you are seeing violence.” Today, Pilato is in exile, PF was refusing that there was no one in exile,Pilato has run away for his life. Why should a musician raising corruption concerns run away from his country?”.
“Today they have now gone for Chishimba Kambwili ,you have seen the abuse of human rights “.
He said, “our clarion call to the nation is that we must all rise above self interest, above political divide, and above tribe to stop the PF’s continued corruption and human rights abuses.”
Mr Hichilema called on more PF members to come and be part of the big family of the UPND.
And People’s Party President Mike Mulongoti has challenged President Edgar Lungu to tell the nation his true nationality.
Mr. Mulongoti wondered why Edgar Lungu is quiet about the question of his wealth and his true nationality.
He said President Lungu claim that he is a Zambian raises a lot of questions because he has never told us which village he comes from.
“Edgar claims he was born in Ndola at Ndola General Hospital, but in the 1950s, that hospital was only for whites, so how possible is that? Amos Chanda also said he was born in Kitwe, we dont know whether Edgar is a Zambian or not…and it is important that he clarifies,” Mr Mulongoti said.
Speaking at the same press conference, ADD President Charles Milupi says President Lungu and his government have killed the nation through excessive borrowing and reckless spending.
He says institutions that are supposed to protect the country have collapsed and there is nothing to talk about.
“Citizens cannot enjoy their rights as they are attacked for simply belonging to a political party. Why are we allowing the minority to attack us, to injure us….?” Mr Milupi asked.
“Either we respond in a way that they understand or we get out of politics….We go for elections, elections are mismanaged by ECZ and they are stolen. “If institutions are not ready to protect us , we need to find a way of protecting ourselves…if ECZ has failed, we have to find a way of doing things,” he said.