HAKAINDE Hichilema says Zambians must unite ahead of the 2021 general elections to kick out the PF or die of hunger.
And Hichilema says the PF government has turned to brutality because they have failed the Zambian people.
In an interview, Hichilema described the PF government as “a crop of leaders with no semblance of leadership”.
“Zambians can’t wait for 2021 to unite or all Zambians will be in cells or die of hunger and so there is need to act before 2021…the PF leaders have perfected the art of stealing from Zambians, stealing from the poor. They have failed, and they are stealing from citizens, they are stealing from the poor, and have now become angry and brutal. All of us here, if we have not been in cells like me, like him [Fresher Siwale], I can assure you that President Mulongoti is next in line in terms of going to the collage of filthy cells and prison,” Hichilema said.
He said since August 2016, eight politicians were arrested on flimsy or trumped up charges.
“I have done an analysis since my arrest after 11 August 2016 elections, eight other political leaders have been detained. Before, people used to say HH is a problem, what about him (Siwale)? What about Mumba [Nevers?] What about Kambwili? This is a clear message that this government has turned to dictatorship,” Hichilema said.
He said the PF government had no confidence in what it was doing and knew that it had failed to deliver the basics to Zambians.
“Look at the children who are not in school! They have no hope in life, no hope in hell. The agriculture sector has collapsed; the E-Voucher system has destroyed the sector completely. Look at the job situation! There are no jobs. The tourism sector has failed. Livingstone used to be a tourist capital but there are no tourists here; the lodges, the hotels are not having occupancies that they need to be viable, so failure is everywhere,” Hichilema said.
He said a few people in government were stealing money when the majority of Zambians were suffering.
“It is unacceptable to have a situation where a few go into public office to steal from the majority. We must seek public office to give to the people and not to take from the people…They have stolen enough, they have damaged our country enough, they have borrowed too much money which we are not able to repay and so the only way is to remove them from office through a democratic process and to do that, we must first stop the violence. We have to work together and push this government out of office,” said Hichilema who also visited Daniel Munkombwe and chief Sinazongwe, who are hospitalised at the Livingstone Central Hospital.
He said Zambians were going through very tremendous difficulties.
“Things are not okay in our country, everybody knows that there are a lot of situations that arise where children are not in school, there is no food in homes, when they are sick, many cannot afford fee paying sections [High Cost], so they, unfortunately, end up dying when they could actually live. Doctors are there but the medical facilities are failing us,” said Hichilema who encouraged Munkombwe to remain strong and wished him a quick recovery.