First and foremost we were happy that Hakainde Hichilema appeared on ZNCB for an interview where he could answer questions. This is as it should be. ZNBC is not a PF broadcaster but a NATIONAL broadcaster.
Grevazio Zulu should not wait for people to invite themselves. Let others like Saviour Chishimba, Peter Sinkamba, Sean Tembo, etc appear to talk about their manifestos and national issues.
This will create competition in the political space and make the incumbents to sit up and deliver to their best for the Zambian people. This is what multi party politics was meant to deliver; competition and better service as a result. And public institutions like ZNBC should help us achieve this.
Back to the interview itself.
We felt Mr Hichilema was a bit edgy, defensive and highly suspicious of the interviewer especially at the start. He accused Grevazio of exhibiting ignorance a number of times. We wouldn’t blame him because maybe he felt Grevazio had been coached by his opponents. But still as a politician he could have found a better way of putting this thought angle across. Otherwise all in all he handled himself quite well. For us it’s a 7/10.
Grevazio on the other hand come out as ill prepared. Hichilema could read his questions before he even asked them. That’s how predictable he was. He struggled to ask the same questions over and over. What was he trying to achieve?
It’s surprising that Grevazio decided to spend a lot of time on the petition. If he did his research he would realise that many Zambian people are now bored with this.
It is interesting that Grevazio would ask Hichilema very general questions. If a journalist like Grevazio does not know if Hichilema participated in the privatisation process in the 90s, who will know? Grevazio needed to ask Hichilema very specific and pointed questions on privatisation, Freemasonary and Panama papers. Not general ones which Hichilema could answer with a no and it ends there. In the end Grevazio’s lack of specific questions on these issues only went to prove what HH and UPND have always argued, it’s all political rhetoric.
The worst bit came when Grevazio countered Hichilema that the fields around the country remained empty because of lack of rains not for the want of inputs. Here we agree with Hichilema, this is ignorance of epic proportions. Who does that? Ignoring the facts right around you?
In summary it was a very bad night for Grevazio. One he would want to forget asap. 3/10.