UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says the PF government has been lying to the people all day and night and it is too much already. Addressing the press at his New Kasama residence yesterday, Hichilema said the pronouncement that the PF was not in support of the reintroduction of deputy ministers was “another don’t kubeba” which his party had already unearthed.
He said the PF were evil people who were trying everything possible to steal and that Zambians should think through whatever they say.
“We would like to concentrate on the constitution making process which has been haphazard, which has been completely mishandled by the PF for some time now and citizens have been hurting inside and outside,” he said.
Hichilema said the PF demonstrated some element of arrogance by proceeding with the constitution making process, which they knew from the beginning was flawed.
“The NDF resolutions have far-reaching negative implications but these were driven by the PF, not by the people. It is incorrect to say the Siavonga Resolutions are the ones that informed the NDF resolutions. The way it was formulated, the way it was designed, was to continue deceiving the people of Zambia for personal reasons of that small number of people in the PF. An independent body would have done a better job,” Hichilema said.
“This is not how you run a country, this is not how you govern but this is how PF has been for too long, since 2011. Threats as a way of governing people under the PF is made to look like normal.”
He said the money spent on holding the NDF should have been used on other important things.
“They spent our money on holding the NDF. Money which is supposed to be spent on reopening of the Copperbelt University [but] they spent it on this sham process. They continue with the closure of CBU, they claim there is no money for meal allowances but they spent money on an illegal process! I call it illegal because it contravenes the Bill of Rights,” he said. “Who owns this money they are spending? It is you the people. Why are they spending your money recklessly? It’s because we have allowed them and time has come to say no to some people, few people abusing state resources – people’s resources. You have seen the corruption. It’s evident, it’s there. Those who are eating with them started even going round promoting this sham of a process, even threatening us. You and I and others who are on the right side of history. This is wrong.”
Hichilema said the NDF was ill intended.
“Now that they know that citizens have disagreed and are strong and are unwavering and are not afraid of jail, surprise, surprise maybe to many of you, but not to some of us. PF wants to pull a fast one on the people,” he noted.
“They want to project themselves as a party that is listening to the concerns of the people by turning on the fundamental flaws that we saw from the beginning, that many of us knew were ill intended – they were not meant to benefit the people. They were meant to benefit a corrupt few and their friends and surrogates including some opposition parties that suddenly woke up from a slumber and they were spokespersons for the PF over this sham of constitution amendment. What a shame. Who do you represent?”
Hichilema wondered how a political party calling itself an opposition, can become a “spokesperson to cheat the people with PF.”
“It’s a shame. An opposition political party should be standing on the side of the people, not on the side of the crooks or the corrupt,” he said.
“A few days ago, Davies Mwila [PF secretary general], on behalf of the PF, following a management meeting issued a statement and said ‘the PF has listened to the people of Zambia, the PF accepts criticism, the PF are now confirming that they disagree with some NDF resolutions. As an example, reintroduction of deputy ministers…’ Didn’t we tell them that this was the most foolish thing to do? When the country was bleeding, when citizens are going without food, now they are saying they have listened to the people. They have not listened to the people, they have backed down because of the people power, the pressure from the people.”
Hichilema encouraged people to reject bad decisions even if they were under threat.
“Take note of this as citizens, you have the power to stop a corrupt government like the PF even when they issue threats,” he said.
Hichilema said citizens had caught the PF with their pants down “this time around.”
“They have gone on to suggest a couple of other resolutions that they purport not to agree with. Do they really disagree with these resolutions? They don’t. Why are they backing down? They are backing down because the people have said no. The proof of the pudding is in the taste. We now know we can stop mischievous people and this is the beginning of things in our country,” he said.
Hichilema added: “The battle is not over. We may have defeated the corrupt but this is only a small success we have achieved because the fight is still on. The debate is still on, the mischief is still on, the lies are still going on. Do not relax.
“Here are some of the continued but negative attempts by PF to mutilate our beautiful Constitution. The PF want the Constitution to be amended. They continue to wish so that ministers and MPs continue serving in government until the elections are held. They want to be in Cabinet while the campaigns are on,” he noted. “Do you need to be a rocket scientist to know what they want to achieve? First they want to continue with the corruption, abusing public resources to campaign for PF.”
Hakainde said President Edgar Lungu signed loans during the period the Cabinet was dissolved ahead of the 2016 general elections.
“Now he wants to have a full Cabinet so that they can continue contracting loans during that window while the rest of us are campaigning, while the rest of us are busy languishing in poverty. This is PF at its worst. There are many ills that will come from here,” he said.
Hichilema alleged that the PF wants to take over the printing of bank notes.
“Under the current Constitution, the Bank of Zambia is responsible for monetary policy, responsible for printing money and regulating other banks. In this amendment they want to continue with, they want to remove the responsibilities of the BoZ to print money, from supervising banks and financial institutions. The hidden agenda for this is they want to move that currency printing responsibility to themselves, maybe to State House,” said Hichilema.
“They want to steal money from printing of currency…as we have seen, State House is a conduit of theft and corruption. Here is what they want to achieve amongst many evils, they want to launder money. The money they are stealing from road contracts, ambulances, fire tenders, from fertiliser, they now want to move that money because they now got their commissions in Dubai and they want to bring it home without supervision. Time will tell.”