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Despite the Malice and Half-Truths contained in the purported OCiDA statement, we note its content, UPND responds

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The United Party for National Development (UPND) has issued a statement regarding a statement that was purportedly issued by the Our Civic Duty Association (OCiDA) and circulated by a named opposition political party leader.

According to UPND Secretary General, Batuke Imenda, the party is firmly anchored on democracy and has noted the contents of the so-called statement. Despite the malice and half-truths contained in the statement, the UPND has acknowledged the right of every citizen in a democracy to engage and express themselves on the governance of their country.

“As a party firmly anchored on democracy, we have noted the contents of the so-called statement. Despite the malice and half-truths in the statement we note its contents. As we have always stated it is the right of every citizen in a democracy to engage and express themselves on the governance of their country,” said Imenda.

President Hakainde Hichilema has demonstrated that the New Dawn administration will not only promote but fulfill the rights of all citizens regardless of political persuasion. In opposition, the UPND advocated for freedom of expression and this they promise to guarantee.

“President Hakainde Hichilema has demonstrated that the New Dawn administration will not only promote but fulfill the rights of all citizens regardless of political persuasion. In opposition we advocated for freedom of expression and this we promise to guarantee,” Imenda said.

The UPND believes that the country, especially as a young democracy, will only develop if all citizens work together and promote the general good of the country. As demonstrated by the Head of State, the New Dawn is not immune to criticism and the party believes in the collective wisdom of all Zambian people in their diversity.

“We believe our country, especially as a young democracy, will only develop if we all work together and promote the general good of our great country Zambia. As demonstrated by the Head of State, the New Dawn is not immune to criticism as we believe we in the collective wisdom of all the Zambian people in their diversity,” Imenda added.

As a party in government, the UPND will endeavor to listen to constructive criticism from citizens. The UPND Secretary General, Batuke Imenda, has urged all citizens to work together for the development of the country.
“As a party in Government, we shall endeavor to listen to constructive criticism from citizens. We urge all citizens to work together for the development of our great country Zambia,” Imenda said in conclusion.

The statement by the UPND Secretary General comes after the alleged statement by OCiDA was circulated by a named opposition political party leader. The UPND has clarified that it is open to constructive criticism and is committed to working for the development of the country.

10 COMMENTS

  1. What would be wrong to acknowledge receipt if the statement, and to state, ‘we have heard the concerns and we must add that we as a listening government are taking steps to address sone of the concerns’?
    This statement by Imenda is self praise about how HH allegedly brought freedom of expression. In not addressing the OCIDA statement, Imenda is essentially saying that the UPND is perfect and has no flaws whatsoever.

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    • EXACTLY, accept criticism and agree to take corrective steps. THEY CAN EVEN GO FURTHER BY CALLING FOR DIALOGUE WITH OCiDA TO HAVE ISSUES CLEARLY CLARIFIED, TO AVOID “Cho, cisee, outshining each other on the media”

    • Exactly!! Accept to start addressing the concerns! THEY CAN EVEN GO FURTHER BY CALLING FOR DIALOGUE WITH OCiDA TO CLEARLY LOOK AT THE CONCERNS!!

  2. Exactly!! Accept to start addressing the concerns! THEY CAN EVEN GO FURTHER BY CALLING FOR DIALOGUE WITH OCiDA TO CLEARLY LOOK AT THE CONCERNS!!

  3. At least with Bally he will hold a presser and will be seen. Unlike the former who was just at Nkwazi house even when the country was on fire. Then unleash cadres to go and explain to the rest of the population. With good critics Bally will do better. You’re only as good as your competition.

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  4. What game are you guys playing? First te OCIDA statement is denied by the alleged issurer then the ones attacked by the fake statement acknowledge its truths??
    Despite the Malice and Half-Truths contained in the purported OCiDA statement, we note its content, UPND responds
    Someone out there tell me whats going on here?

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  5. When you sit to reflect, do you ask yourself what your net contribution is to the party that gives you and your wife sustenance? I think Batuke Imenda doesn’t add anything to the UPND. He’s the most disjointed SG. I won’t talk about his deputy. But then he’s just a presidential appointee. How does HH identify such people?

  6. There no half truths but full truths… don’t we have loadshedding
    Isn’t the price of bunga high
    Isn’t the Kwacha returning to it’s toilet paper status
    Aren’t critics of the president being imprisoned
    Isn’t the FISP distribution a disaster
    Isn’t medicine lacking in hopitals
    Isn’t everything cockeyed in the country?

  7. So the unity of a nation comes only when UPND is in power. Hakainde refused to associate himself with an national event. The statement was factual and to the point. This political party in Govt is still in denial. Running a Govt is not like taking care of cattle e in the green grass

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