(By Charles Tembo in Kitwe)

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says he will talk with President Edgar Lungu if he stops joking.

Hichilema said there is a lot of hurting in the country, which need to be addressed with seriousness and respect.

He said this to journalists in Kitwe before drumming up support for UPND candidate Brian Mwewa ahead of the July 30 Lubwa ward by-election.

“…the dialogue process, we are ready and have always stated that we need serious talk. We have made it clear that let the three Church mother bodies lead this process – the Zambia Catholic Bishops, Council of Churches in Zambia and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia. We will talk to Mr Lungu if he stops joking,” Hichilema said.

“Because if we meet the two of us, then someone will spread lies about what we have not said. And you know that. So let the Church lead us in a respectful and serious manner. We need to talk and restore the rule of law.”

Hichilema said the PF need to be rested because they have reached their saturation level.

He said Zambians could not continue to be led in poverty.

“The Zambian people, our people can’t continue to be led in poverty by the PF. We need to rest the PF because they have reached saturation level, a party that is leading people to poverty! Thieves are living like rich people,” he said.

Hichilema said he sympathised with the youths that keep protesting in Kitwe.

“We sympathise with the young people that are suffering. The demonstrations in Wusakile is as a result of thieves that are running away with our money [and] fake promises to the youths,” said Hichilema.

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