KEBBY Mbewe says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is not God to say President Edgar Lungu’s days are numbered. He says everyone’s days on earth are numbered, including Hichilema. In an interview, the PF Central Committee member said greediness and bitterness among leaders in the country had promoted the culture of insults as well as hate for one another. Mbewe said there was no need to kill each other and peddling corruption lies against those in power because there was no money in PF any more as it had been diverted to develop the country.
“Greediness and bitterness of our leaders has brought the culture of insults in the country. It is out of bitterness that you have anger, it is out of anger that you speak ill of your brothers. Greediness and bitterness among leaders can only end when they realise that yes if you are a leader it’s God who has put you there,” he said.
“In this same vein, I want to remind the UPND leader that the only person who numbers days is God. HH is not God to say Lungu’s days are numbered. And if President Lungu’s days are numbered then they are numbered in a good way.”
Mbewe said leaders in the country were peddling lies against each other because they think that ascending to power was all about lying to the electorate. He urged leaders and those aspiring for leadership to understand that no man on earth can stop anyone destined for leadership. Mbewe challenged leaders to be role models to the electorate and the young generation so as to promote unity in the country.
“Because of greediness and bitterness among us leaders in the country, it doesn’t matter whether you are a councillor, MP or vying for presidency or you are holding political party position; we should understand that insulting each other is not a solution to the problems the country is facing,” he said. “For HH to tell people of Katuba that Lungu’s days are numbered is wrong because both HH and Lungu are leaders in this country, hence what comes out of their mouths must be of respect to each other.
Everyone’s days are numbered on earth, including HH’s days, even if he is very wealthy. It is very unfortunate that we have a situation where our leaders show signs of bitterness to each other instead of working together for the common good of Zambians. We don’t want to have a situation where our leaders are attacking each other in public and in the media. If anything, President Lungu doesn’t attack HH any more and therefore it’s our appeal that can HH also speak the language of love for one another, other than talking ill about President Lungu every day.”
Mbewe called on PF supporters to stop talking ill of the UPND leader and his party but to concentrate on building the spirit of One Zambia One Nation.
“Yes, as PF, we have people that also insult HH but what we are saying is let’s stop this culture of insulting each other because it promotes bitterness,” he said.
“We have one Republican President who should be respected, so as we call on the opposition to respect the Head of State, we are also urging our people, the PF supporters, to respect leaders of the opposition because they are also leaders in this country.”
Mbewe said it was unfortunate to see the opposition accusing the PF government and its leader of being corrupt when there was no money to steal.
“Every time the UPND and NDC leaders speak, it’s about corruption and President Lungu and we are saying can these people start talking about their policies so that Zambians can hear their plans, instead of corruption daily. Their policies are not about corruption and numbers of days of Lungu,” he said.
Mbewe said Zambians must not forget what the PF government was doing in terms of changing the face of the country.
“This country is no longer the way it was seven years ago. It has changed, this is a different country now. There is development now for all to see countrywide and especially those in Lusaka, the moment you move two steps from your house, it’s development. When you look into the sky, it’s development. Can the opposition also talk about the positive things that this government of President Lungu has done,” he urged.
Mbewe said there would be no government in Zambia that would work like the PF because it had touched every sector from hospitals to schools, roads, leaving the opposition without anything to talk about apart from lies about corruption.
“There is no money to eat in PF government because all the resources have been diverted to develop this country and when people talk about corruption, us insiders wonder which money they are talking about to have been stolen from Zambians,” he said. “If the opposition think we have eaten money for Zambians, let them follow up and show us that this is where we have taken the money unlike just being bitter and spreading lies. The opposition will just kill us as PF otherwise we don’t have liquid cash because everything has been completely taken towards developing this country. This economy will still pick up when we finish construction works that are going on in the country because it is not possible to have money while you are constructing huge projects like roads.”
Mbewe said Zambians were no longer entertained by insults and name calling because they had seen what the PF government was doing for them.
“If as a political party and leader you can’t give hope to Zambians and all you give them are insults then how are the people going to follow you? The President is not insulting anyone and we are saying why can’t the opposition leaders emulate him so that we promote peace?” urged Mbewe. “President Lungu has brought back the slogan of One Zambia One Nation. He talks about peace every day.”
On the NDF and Constitution Amendment Bill, Mbewe said the PF had listened to people’s views.
He said, contrary to Hichilema’s observation that the PF had u-turned on its NDF resolutions, the opposition was still in shock that the ruling party had continued to play modern, smart politics of listening to the people’s cries.
“What Mr Hakainde should know is that we, as PF, are practicing smart politics and we shall never depart from the call of duty where service and listening to those that voted us into office – who are the Zambian people – want us to do,” Mbewe said. “If the electorates say go left and as a party in government we see sense in that, then why should the opposition expect us to go the right side? Mr Hakainde should know that this is politics coupled with service, so if he is not careful time will catch up with him because 2021 is just around the corner and he will find himself still shocked with how we do politics and he will lose terribly again. Let HH not think that we have u-turned or succumbed to pressure. There is nothing like that. In democracy it’s the people that rule the country and this is a clear testimony that President Lungu is leading a government that listens to the electorates.”