BY SMART EAGLES
Kabushi member of Parliament Hon Bowman Lusambo says as an effective and time tested grassroot mobilizer with a PhD in politics, he will have no option but to politically crush the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and send him into extinction if he does not quit his provocative brand of politics.
And Hon Lusambo says the events of Friday in Sesheke where Hichilema instructed his cadres not to obey lawful orders to suspend their campaign activities as His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu was arriving in the district is another example of how desperate he is to get to State House.
Meanwhile, Hon Lusambo who is also Lusaka Province Minister has demanded that the UPND leader and his supporters should draw a line between the Office of the Republican President as provided for in the Republican Constitution and the office holder.
He says Mr Hichilema may not agree with the Head of State as a political opponent but he has no right whatsoever as an ordinary citizen to disrespect the presidency.
“What we have continued to witness are high levels of arrogance by a man who foolishly has convinced himself that he is better than the incumbent although election results point to the contrary.
“By refusing to allow President Lungu to freely conduct his business in the district, Mr Hichilema was endangering the lives of his few supporters but most importantly, what he needs to remember is that such actions have the potential to risk the life of His Excellency, President Lungu who has been given the mandate to preside over the lives of 17 million Zambians,” reiterates the Minister.
In a statement made available to Smart Eagles today, Hon Lusambo, fondly referred to as the Bulldozer, has described the actions of Mr Hichilema as not only childish but uncalled for.
And Minister Lusambo has challenged other right thinking Zambians and stakeholder organisations to condemn the behavior exhibited by Mr Hichilema and his supporters.
The Bulldozer has warned Mr Hichilema that, “these cheap political stunts cannot go on forever. First, it was Limulunga and now we have to be dealing with the case of Sesheke and the instigator is always the same.”
“We wish to further warn Mr Hichilema that President Lungu is also a leader of the most powerful political party in the nation. The PF has the muscle and the numbers to bury the UPND for good. For him individually, he will be crushed politically if he continues playing Tom and Jerry with the presidency.”
Meanwhile, Hon Lusambo has commended the UPND Chairperson for Elections Hon Garry Nkombo for demonstrating maturity and leadership in the manner politics should be conducted in Zambia.
“Just like my elder brother Hon Gary Nkombo, MP said when he phoned me shortly after the incidence, we should rise above such petty politics as Zambians.
“Clearly, Hon Nkombo does not approve of such stupid stunts and we would expect that the entire leader of an opposition political party could take a leaf from the Mazabuka lawmaker who has a better and mature way of looking at politics,” disclosed Hon Lusambo.
Minister Lusambo has applauded His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu for demonstrating exemplary leadership in politics.
“President Lungu is running Zambia and he is doing a very good job so far while Mr. Hichilema has failed to run a small tribal grouping. The one thing we know he is good at – is running cattle at his ranches. The distinction must be clearly noted.
“If Mr Hichilema does not quit these provocative brand of politics, he will have to deal with me and I can assure him that as an effective and time tested grassroot mobilizer with a PhD in politics, I will personally crush him politically and he will be extinct in no time.”
Hon Lusambo is in Sesheke Constituency to drum up support for PF Parliamentary Candidate Dean Masule.
The electorates of Sesheke Constituency go to the polls on Tuesday to elect their new member of Parliament.