ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) deputy secretary-general Mumbi Phiri says the United Party for National Development (UPND) needs leadership transformation for it to attain national character.
And media director Sunday Chanda has condemned insinuations by the UPND that the ruling party does not respect the Church is very hypocritical.
Ms Phiri said she does not hate UPND president Hakainde Hichilema but she finds the antagonistic style of leadership of the opposition party uninspiring.
She said the UPND has certain practices which makes it difficult for her and other Zambians from the Patriotic Front (PF) strongholds to understand its operations.
She cited the case of 48 suspended members of Parliament (MPs) by the Speaker of the National Assembly as one reference points on how a party that has a seasoned politician in former deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mutale Nalumango could not give proper guidance to the parliamentarians on the consequences of boycotting President Lungu’s address to Parliament.
Ms Phiri,who was speaking during the Hot FM ‘Hot Seat’ programme yesterday,wondered why the UPND was peddling lies that Zambia has drifted into dictatorship and that there is a crisis in the country.
“The United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have all congratulated President Lungu’s re-election. How can they congratulate a fraudulently elected President?” she said on President Lungu’s re-election.
She urged all peace-loving Zambians to ignore calls that there is tension in the country.
Ms Phiri also advised youths to reject being used by politicians to engage in violent acts which can put them into trouble.
She took a swipe at Chief Mukuni for being actively involved in politics.
And media director Sunday Chanda has said the call by the opposition UPND that the PF should respect the Church is very hypocritical.
In a statement, Mr Chanda said it is on record that the UPND has been anti-church and anti-prayer for some time.
“Maybe their newly-found fondness for issues of faith is informed by the role its ‘de facto vice-president for Political’ Pastor Nevers Mumba,” he said.
Mr Chanda said the list of incidences where the opposition party has gone to the point of even publicly castigating church leaders who call upon praying or respecting the PF-led government is both long and documented.