PF SECRETARY General Davies Mwila must consult his colleagues before commenting on national issues because his capacity to analyse remains shallow and questionable, says Monze Central UPND member of parliament Jack Mwiimbu.

And Mwiimbu says the UPND, under Hakainde Hichilema’s leadership, has grown in all corners of the country, contrary to PF’s claim that it only remains popular in Southern Province.

Commenting on Mwila’s remarks that there was something wrong with Hichilema’s head if he did not count the number of times he lost presidential elections, Mwiimbu said Mwila needed a head examination.

“It is Davies Mwila who should be examined pertaining to his understanding and sanity pertaining to national issues. It has to be stated that the statement made by Davies Mwila against president Hakainde Hichilema is regrettable and is unacceptable. Davies Mwila’s capacity to analyse issues is very questionable. The statement that was made by Hakainde Hichilema was clear without any ambiguities. Hakainde Hichilema’s ambitions and aspirations is to serve the people of Zambia diligently,” Mwiimbu said in an interview.

“He should not trivialise issues of national importance when he makes a statement. He is a leader and he is the secretary general of a big political party in Zambia. His analysis of issues is very shallow. If he has no capacity. Let him consult his colleagues and they will be able to advise him prudently over issues.”

And Mwiimbu said Hichilema had made the UPND grow in all corners of the country.

“It must be noted that the UPND under Hakainde Hichilema has grown to all corners of the country. It must be said in very clear terms for the understanding of Davies Mwila that UPND has MPs in six provinces; we have members of parliament in Southern Province, Western Province, Copperbelt Province, North-Western, Central Province and Lusaka Province. It, therefore, means that UPND has parliamentary representation in more than 60 per cent of the constituencies in this country,” he said.

“Further, we have councilors in every province of Zambia. It just shows that UPND is not confined to Southern Province as he alleges. The Former MP for Chipili, who was defeated by an Independent, should realise that UPND is a national party and is growing. If you check the numbers that are coming out in the by-elections in the perceived PF strongholds that UPND is growing and UPND is going to form the next government.”

Mwiimbu wondered why the PF were expressing confidence of winning next year’s general election when they had continued to brutalise and arrest political parties that were mobilising for the election.

“The confidence, which the PF is trying to portray to the public, is very deceptive. If someone is very confident what would be the motivation for them to militarise the police? As far as we are concerned, the militarisation of the police is intended to brutalise and to ensure the opposition have no political space to campaign. For us, that is testimony to show that the PF has no confidence in winning the elections in 2021. They want to use brutal force to remain in power,” said Mwiimbu.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the people of Zambia will not allow the PF to use force against their own citizens. Citizens, when they want to mobilise for the next election, are being arrested; does it show that these people have the confidence of winning the election next year? The answer is no! Can you imagine they can issue a statement purportly condemning the disturbances of radio stations, but their officials are doing the opposite. It just shows that this is a desperate regime, which wants to remain in office at all costs, but Zambians are up to the game; they will not allow that to happen.”