The Patriotic Front leadership in Southern Province has castigated opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for allegedly politicising challenges faced in the 2017/2018 farming season.
PF Southern Province Information and Publicity Secretary Trymore Mwenda also says partisan attacks on President Edgar Lungu over the sluggish rainfall pattern are laughable.
Mr. Mwenda has told ZNBC news that President Lungu has acknowledged the challenges in the e-voucher system and has pledged a better service in the next farming season.
He further states that the coming of the e-voucher system has broadened farmers choice, unlike where farmers were restricted to only growing maize.
He says it is disappointing that people who wish to lead the country can go to an extent of calling for a national disaster where there is no need to do so.
Mr. Mwenda said President Lungu deserves the support of all well-meaning people because he is working round the clock to take development to all corners of the country.
His comments come in the wake of remarks attributed to the UPND leader when he recently visited some farming communities in central province.
And New Generation Party leader Humphrey Siulapwa has advised United Party for National Development – UPND- leader, Hakainde Hichilema to refrain from disrespecting the Head of State.
Speaking to journalists during a media briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday, Mr. Siulapwa said Mr. Hichilema should stop accusing the head of state of being corrupt as he has no evidence to that effect.
He has also challenged the UPND leader to go to court if he has evidence of corruption.
Mr. Siulapwa notes that Mr. Hichilema should spend more time telling the Zambian people what he will do for them if ever he gets elected into office.
He has further warned that if Mr. Hichilema does not stop disrespecting the President, the New Generation Party will de-campaign the UPND and request for a Commission of inquiry over the Opposition leader’s alleged involvement in the privatisation of Zambian companies.
Mr. Siulapwa has observed that Mr. Hichilema’s assertion that the recent political occurrences in Zimbabwe could also occur in Zambia is irresponsible and tantamount to advocating for anarchy.