STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has advised the United Party for National Development (UPND) to stop being bitter because the Patriotic Front (PF) is set to win even the 2021 general elections.
The UPND lost the August 11, 2016 general elections to the PF but contested the presidential poll result in the Constitutional Court but the case was thrown out for lack of prosecution within the constitutional time frame.
But the opposition party has continued pursuing the matter in the High Court and refuses to recognise President Lungu as Zambiaâ€™s duly elected head of state.
Chief government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said yesterday that it is retrogressive for the UPND to keep crying over a credible election that was long past.
Ms Mulenga said it is time the UPND put aside its selfish and egocentric interests and focus on the countryâ€™s bigger picture.
She was speaking in an interview in Lusaka.
Ms Mulenga, who is Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said the UPNDâ€™s behaviour cannot inspire young people to do what is right and put the country first.
â€œThe UPND must take a leaf from President Lunguâ€™s patriotism and love for the country.
â€œEven the founder of the PF, Mr Michael Sata, accepted defeat, moved on and re-organised his party for the next election.
â€œMr Sata never behaved the way the UPND is behaving,â€ she said.
Ms Mulenga said President Lungu has an open-door policy and always ensures that the UPND is invited to national events, which the opposition party shuns.
â€œYes, losing an election can be so depressing and worrisome but the UPND must realise that Zambia is bigger than themselves or any one of us. In fact the UPND must know that the PF is winning again in the next elections.Â So they better accept now or forever be bitter and depressed,â€ she said.
Ms Mulenga said it is the role of every Zambian to ensure the country remains united and ignore the divisive behaviour of the UPND.
Last week, UPND members of Parliament, except Chilanga legislator Keith Mukata, stayed away from President Lunguâ€™s address to the National Assembly.
STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka