President Hakainde Hichilema has charged that his predecessor Edgar Lungu and the Patriotic Front (PF) won’t reclaim power.
President Hichilema said the PF are scheming to divide the UPND as they seek to retain to power in future.
During a UPND party meeting in Kitwe on Monday, President Hichilema said it was stupid “Ukutumpa” that PF wants to retain power through violence and lies.
He said PF were spreading falsehood against him, First Lady Mutinta and cabinet ministers to create an impression that things were bad in the country..
President Hichilema accused the PF of causing the violence that erupted against UPND youths in Wusakile just minutes before the Youth Day celebration in Kitwe.
Some people were injured as PF and UPND youths fought near Wusakile just minutes before President Hichilema officiated at the Youth Day celebration at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.
“We had Youth Day in Kitwe on the Copperbelt. It has never happened, the President comes on Youth Day and lay wreaths on the Copperbelt. It is to show the people of the Copperbelt that Zambia is not Lusaka. Zambia is not Lusaka alone. Zambia is Kitwe, Zambia is Chipata, Zambia is Mongu, Zambia is Mansa, Zambia is Kasama, Zambia is Choma, Zambia is Solwezi kaufela. Now we come for a peaceful Youth Day, people start their old habits ( PF youths), they start ulubuli (violence). Kutumpa uko (It’s being stupid).Kutumpa uko. No normal Zambian will allow the violence we saw under the seven years of those colleague,(PF under Edgar Lungu). We will not be intimidated. We will fight corruption. If you stole public money the system will follow. That is the law. If the system is slow you think it’s not coming for you kutumpa uko,” President Hichilema remarked.
The Head of State said many people would have died had the UPND decided to avenge the PF violence after its 2021 election victory.
“We want to take the country from the bottom where people took it. We don’t want ifyabuwelewele (foolishness). Now we have to lift the nation from the bottom to where it belongs. That is what we are doing everyday, everytime. We are not sleeping. That is our duty not ifya kale ifyabuwelewele. We come to the Copperbelt you start violence. That’s being stupid. If I had allowed these people (UPND members) to revenge after 2021 elections people would have died in this country. People would have died in this country. We said the country is bigger than the pain you went through and protected everybody including him. Even balya abaletupuma,” President Hichilema said.
He continued:”We calm the country now you want to come back to those ugly things. That’s being stupid. PF are posting lies on social media and people are believing that things are bad in Zambia. They are planting information and stories so that we start fighting among ourselves . So that babwelelepo, that’s being stupid. Takuli ifyakubwelelapo. At the Ndola Airport there, two or also days before the elections somebody (Edgar Lungu) stood there and said I’m handing over power to myself, mwalaba? And when I come back I will lock up that chap (Hakainde Hichilema) and this time he will die in prison. Now I am seated here you think you can come back and lock me up and kill me? Kutumpa uko.”
President Hichilema urged UPND members to unite as he assured them of the needed support in 2023.
“There belief is that we will be divided over Black Mountain. They will not divide us. My message is that nothing will divide us. We must not follow all those stories they throw on social media. I read stories about my self on social media. They want to divide us so that they can have the Copperbelt. Nothing should divide us. Any problem we are facing we will tackle it,” he said.