By Sunday Chilufya Chanda
The extent to which Mr Hakainde Hichilema and Mr Stephen Katuka of the UPND as well as some discredited Civil Society Organisations have gone with their xenophobic web of deceit and fabrication is reprehensible.
Their anti-China crusade is an externally funded campaign supported by their imperialist masters of western capital with the overall objective of Mr. Hakainde Hichilema surrendering state resources to western capital for thirty pieces of silver.
Hichilema and his cohorts think that the people of Zambia are so gullible that they can fall for the fake BBC and fake twitter accounts as well as fake international reports and phoney video clips being churned out from the UPND factory of hate and ill will.
Zambians are discerning and they have already picked out the polluted hands driving the xenophobic crusade of Hichilema. The citizens of this land are not naïve as the Life President of the UPND would like to believe.
As an economist of sorts, Mr Hichilema should know what a joint venture is as is the case with ZNBC. For the umpteenth time we say again to him and his ilk who intentionally choose to ignore the facts- ZNBC has NOT been sold and neither has ZESCO.
Zambia remains a sovereign state that magnanimously tolerates less than sovereign individuals with a noxious character like him.
Any transaction involving such strategic public assets would be done through the open avenues of Parliament and Cabinet.
When it comes to subterfuge and shadiness in the sale of national assets, Mr Hakainde Hichilema should be the last person to speak. Isn’t this the nouveau riche “businessman” that was in the thick of things during the privatisation process through which period a matrix of dubious transactions were conducted that stripped our nation of its treasured assets; selling our national treasures for pittance and in the process sending multitudes of Zambians into depression and destitution while making a tidy sum for himself?
What callous nerves he has! The man has no scruples!
Genocide, Xenophobia and other such atrocities have one thing in common; they are born out of persistent lies, chronic bitterness and entrenched hatred for a particular group of people.
The initiators of these atrocities are usually people that would ordinarily be deemed innocuous and they are usually leaders of the susceptible like Mr Hakainde Hichilema, and Mr Stephen Katuka and others like Honourable Chishimba Kambwili, Ms Laura Miti and her civil society colleagues.
Genocide, Xenophobia, Racism and Tribalism are anathema.
God forbid that the names of notorious Genocide and Xenophobia perpetrators like Adolf Hitler of Germany , Athanase Seromba of Rwanda and their collaborators should one day be mentioned in the same breath as Hakainde Hichilema, Stephen Katuka, Chishimba Kambwili, and Mwenya Musenge, as well as Laura Miti their motley of collaborators.
The author is the PF Media Director At the Patriotic Front Secretariat In Lusaka