UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says the PF government is dictatorial and rotten to a point where its tyranny can longer spare anyone.
Hichilema says unwarranted arrests of citizens supporting active opposition political parties have now become routine in the country.
Hichilema was speaking during a media briefing at the UPND secretariat in Lusaka yesterday.
He condemned the ‘messed up’ arrest of Lusaka Province UPND chairman Obvious Mwaliteta.
“When the leadership is rotten, brutal, you cannot run a business. Arresting somebody in a brutal manner like has become commonplace under PF… We understand the humiliating arrest in front of his (Mwaliteta’s) family is to give him a charge which is unbailable. We understand they want to charge him with armed robbery,” Hichilema told journalists.
“This has now become PF’s way of silencing anyone who does not agree with their failed leadership approach. Our understanding is that because Mwaliteta is resisting to rejoin PF…. The plan is to arrest Mwaliteta and charge him with armed robbery which in their fixation he committed on the election day in Kafue.”
Hichilema wondered why the PF leadership was scheming: “to force us by brutalisation to abandon a party whose cause is to serve the people of Zambia.”
“It will not happen! These are the ways of dictators; this was the way of Omar Hassan Al Bashir in Sudan. These are the ways of dictators to oppress their fellow citizens while they amass cash mountains. We know that’s what the PF government is doing; amassing cash mountains which they will never use,” he noted.
He added that thieving officials in the PF government would all end up “very badly.”
“This is what happens to dictators! Even the stolen loot does not work for them because they don’t know how to utilise it,” he said, stressing that no one was immune to this PF dictatorship.
“Even those who worked for the regime suffer along the way, when the regime rots to the level this one has rotten. What the PF is doing against Mwaliteta is wrong.”
Hichilema also pointed out that while his body is out of Kabwe’s Mukobeko Maximum Prison, “my heart is still there.”
“I know what I’m talking about because I was in that situation. My body is out of Mukobeko but my heart is still there. I know people who are in prison for simply being [members of] the UPND. We have a PF government that is destroying our society,” he said.
Hichilema further asked the police service to remain professional.
“We are actually their friends. We stand and speak for them. There are a lot of injustices being done against the police….” he said.
Hichilema pledged to distressed Zambians to look forward to a UPND government which would bring back normalcy.
“It will bring back decent salaries in the public service. I don’t need to ride a presidential jet worth millions of dollars,” Hichilema said.
Meanwhile, Hichilema called on Zambians to reach a point where even if they were hungry, joining the PF should not be an option.
“You want to join a band of thugs! It means you are saying ‘I’m part of the destruction of the country.’ Don’t ask me questions around this issue! But all what I’m advising you Zambians is that this is not the time to go to PF,” he said.
Hichilema also asked President Edgar Lungu and his “friends” to immediately declare a national disaster, in respect of looming hunger.
“Then we can attract support to alleviate the hunger affecting our people. This rotten PF government must now declare a national disaster, with regards to hunger,” said Hichilema