By Naomi Tetamashimba
The past one week has been challenging and trying for my great party the UPND. As a revolutionary liberation movement for the Zambian people , our hopes have been underpinned on the need to sustain our struggle.
It is no secret that the last few days, we the UPND and the country at large has woken up to a bitter internal struggle in the leadership of the party.
I don’t think as a party we should engage in any factional battles but our loyalty should remain with UPND as an economic independence movement .
I do not agree with the manner in which our Vice President GBM,my choice of president HH and the Secretary General have handled the matters facing the party just like I don’t agree with the youths that gathered to disparage the leadership of our party at the secretariat.
There are party channels to be followed and more mature ways that we as youths could have handled the situation with RESPECT to our leaders and party at large.
We are UPND a party with guidelines and order and not what I witnessed today.
There should not be UPND for GBM or UPND for HH , only one UPND which belongs to all of us.
I therefore call upon our leaders that in the interest of the Zambian people in desperate need of hope,who have faith and confidence only in the UPND as the next government,should continue to engage and find a way out of of this temporal political quagmire.
It is very natural to differ, it even happens to the best of us in our families, marriages and churches but how we reconcile and move forward is very essential .
If it comes to the worst and our leaders still struggle to come to one understanding , let’s remember the HH plus GBM brand that once worked for the good of the party and that it is okay to agree to disagree and move on with RESPECT.
I further would like to appeal to my party members to resist the pressure and temptation to take a side in this matter, the greater side will always be Team UPND. Therefore let’s unite and support our leaders with one unifying voice.
Together we can build a better tomorrow and I believe with God on our side, this too shall pass.
The author is a member of the UPND based in Solwezi.