The UPND must realise that Zambia is beyond its leader Hakainde Hichilema, says Chama South PF member of parliament Davison Mung’andu.
Speaking in parliament, Friday, when he debated on President Edgar Lungu’s speech on the application of national values, principles and ethics, Mung’andu said there was a lot of un-patriotism within the UPND general membership.
“Patriotism and morality; if, indeed, you want one day, God forbid, to come and rule this country, you have to realise that Zambia is beyond you, Hakainde Hichilema, just as we in Patriotic Front know that this country is beyond His Excellency the President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. We have all acknowledged that on our side [and] that is the reason President Edgar Lungu finds time to consult with us. I doubt if that is happening on your side through the exhibition of what you are indicating that you don’t find anything wrong to criticise your country internationally,” Mung’andu argued.
He accused Hichilema of being unpatriotic whenever he spoke about Zambia in a foreign country.
“What morality is there for a leader, for example, to go to criticise his own country at a club in Europe? What ethics are there to criticise your own country? We are talking about morality and ethics here! Will those foreigners come and vote for you? Are you going to better the lives of the people in Europe or Zambians? That is the worst form of un-patriotism. Madam Speaker, if you look at this country, we are supposed to be united,” Mung’andu complained.
And he blamed the UPND for the rising political violence because it only occurred in areas the opposition party claimed to be their strongholds.
“His Excellency had mentioned it, but this unity is being threatened by the UPND! I will give very practical examples, he mentioned about the violence, which political party initiated what is called the Matizya formula? It is UPND. Look at the patterns of violence where UPND is involved, that is where violence is! And this violence, particularly when it comes to their perceived strongholds and I will be appealing to the people who have made UPND to behave that way to say that this political party is not taking you anywhere because ethically and morally, they are not ready to govern this country,” insisted Mung’andu.