VETERAN politician Sikota Wina says President-Elect Hakainde Hichilema is an intelligent young man who is capable of administering change.
And Wina believes that Hichilema will adjust himself according to what he feels Zambians want.
In an interview, Wina said Hichilema’s rise to power demonstrated Zambians’ ability to exercise their right to vote according to circumstances.
“I think Hakainde Hichilema’s rise to power just demonstrates Zambians ability to exercise their vote according to circumstances and this is exactly what they have done now in the case of Hakainde Hichilema. It is not the first time that they have done so. I remember this with Fredrick Chiluba, Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda as well. So from time to time, Zambians decide to use their vast numbers to change governments and it is only hoped that this will be as peaceful as it looked like. People of Zambia must congratulate Hakainde Hichilema. Once again, I congratulate the Zambian people for having gone through a series of elections peacefully without any violence at all. It is just like us, we are like that. We congratulate the Zambian people,” he said.
Wina advised the incoming government to study people’s grievances in order to address them accordingly.
“I think it is important that the outgoing party government demonstrates a peaceful transition because they know the way out anyway. The people have spoken and they should respect the people’s wishes. I urge Hakainde Hichilema to study what grievances were made by Zambians and try to find answers to those. That is my message to Hakainde Hichilema. I think that is what the incoming government has to carefully study, what the people have been saying during these election campaigns,” said Wina.
“The incoming government must seek to address what the people’s grievances are. The question of the increase in food prices, fuel prices and all those things must be addressed. There is quite a lot of what they are expected to do now. They need to find out what exactly they need to do to address the grievances. It is also important for citizens to be patient with the man sometimes. Hakainde Hichilema is capable of administering the change. He is an extremely intelligent young man and he will adjust himself according to what he feels the Zambian people want.”