United Party for National Development President Hakainde Hichilema says he does not waste his precious time to watch President Edgar Lungu’s Ministers on TV because they are petty thieves.
And Mr. Hichilema says Infrastructure and housing Minister Ronald Chitolela’s knowledge is limited.
“I was watching this guy. I don’t even know these ministers, I don’t waste time, what is his name? Chitotela. I was saying how can this guy be so limited in knowledge? He was arguing that what they were saying is true because they were constructing hotels and other things along the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway; who tells you that hotels are constructed by a government doing a road – it’s a private sector job. They are the ones who identify the opportunities.
I’m in the tourism business – we operate the largest tourism business in this country, in case you didn’t know. We know what we are talking about; there is no business to construct a hotel between Lusaka and Ndola. The small lodges that you have are all you need to have between Lusaka and Ndola – not a grand hotel! There is no hotels business along that road to justify that kind of public expenditure. I have seen casinos attributable to somebody’s name. That’s what you do with stolen money; you don’t know what to do with it.” said Hichilema.
And Hichilema has called on Patriotic Front Roan member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili to join forces with his party and fight petty thieves in government.
“Chishimba boyi isa tubombele pamo”, UPND president Hakainde Hichilema asked Kambwili yesterday.
“It doesn’t matter who forms a party, let us not worry about those things. Running a party is not easy and working alone doesn’t help, that’s why we work together. Anyone who understands that the PF is too corrupt and costing us everything, an arm and leg will have to work together; there is enough room for everybody,”Hichilema said at a joint press briefing in Lusaka yesterday.
“I want to talk to you UPND members saying ‘me I have been in this party since 1997, why are you allowing new members?’ No, this party has no new members, there are no old members; it’s for everybody. Everybody is needed; there is space for everybody. One of our duties is to re-unite this country. As UPND, one of our agendas is to unite this country, it’s too divided.”
He denounced tribal talk saying the country was under mediocre leadership because of cheap tribal language at the expense of abundant human resource.
“That’s why we are suffering because we are relying on mediocre leadership to remain in office and steal from you because you begin to bring in ethnicity, which is a non issue. Munyumba ukwatila muLozi panja ati sinifuna baLozi. Nga kukafipa usiku, uli same bed na muLozi (you have married a Lozi, outside, you say you don’t want a Lozi, so at night, you are in the same bed with that Lozi); what are you telling us? Chishimba boyi isa tubombele pamo (come we work together).”
When asked why he and his political alliance partners opted not to join the Laura Miti-led protests in Lusaka on Friday last week, Hichilema responded that every Zambian needed to play a role “to water down the iniquities of President Lungu’s administration”.
“There is too much fear in you people [and] I don’t know why God gave us such a nice country but then put a bunch of cowards in it! You’ll achieve nothing through cowardice, take it from me! [But] you’ll achieve everything through courage and strength. We shall be going to court to stop certain things. If the judiciary stands in our way, we’ll ask for those elements of the judiciary to be removed from the judiciary. If they don’t remove them, we shall remove them sooner or later, because it means they are supportive of the PF corruption,”Hichilema said.
He said Zambians ought to stop being cowards if the country was to see apt governance.
“We are together with these people (Laura Miti and others) but we want the number to include you,” said Hichilema.
And Mulongoti said he was in talks with Kambwili who had confirmed that he would be part of the alliance. He said there was unity in numbers and encouraged Kambwili to be part of the revolution against political evil.
“Two weeks ago, I was on the Copperbelt and I called Dr Chishimba Kambwili and said where are you? And he said he was in Luanshya. That’s when I told him that ‘I am coming to see you.’ He waited for me, we met and went to his house. I told him that ‘let’s work together’ and he said ‘mukalamba wandi’, I have joined you, let’s work together,”said Mulongoti.
And Milupi warned against rubbishing what Kambwili was bringing to the fore. He said Kambwili, who was not long ago was part of the government, was a critical alliance partner to the struggle for a better Zambia.
“You cannot belittle the information Chishimba Kambwili is bringing out because he was right inside. He reminds us of Mr Ludwig Sondashi when he said ‘If you want to know how a Hippo lives, ask the crocodile’,” Milupi said.
“This information, not only is he bringing it out but he is bringing details, where Chishimba has said Kampyongo got vehicles, that’s one of the most serious allegations if you are a public officer. Why has he [Kampyongo] not sued? Why has he not sued? What we are hearing is that no, ‘even you Kambwili you are also corrupt’. What does that mean? It means that he is agreeing that he is indeed corrupt.” he said