Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says he has no problems being labelled bitter for defending innocent and unarmed Zambian citizens against the current brutal and dictatorial PF regime under Mr. Michael Sata.
Mr. Hichilema has also called on the Zambian citizens to guard against the crucial reversal to colonial and one party dictatorship mentality ahead of this long weekend’s commemoration of the four days heroes and unity day.
Reacting to accusations of being a loose canon who was just bitter, he said he was happy being called bitter and labelled all sorts of names in defence of bad governance practices by the PF government under Mr. Sata.
“If defending innocent citizens who are being brutally murdered in cold blood such as the Kampansa incident in Chongwe is bitterness, then I am happy. If defending the freedom of assembly for innocent citizens who are being brutalised in churches such as BIGOCA, funerals, and displacement and beating of traders from markets such as Buseko, Chisokone, and other places is bitterness, then I am happy.
“And indeed I am happy to be labelled bitter for calling on the PF leadership to restore the fuel and mealie meal subsidies so that the majority of our people can afford some basic foods and other essential commodities,” he said.
The opposition leader said he saw nothing wrong in defending mini-bus drivers who were being locked-up in cells the whole night over issues that could be resolved over proper civic education and without brutality.
Mr. Hichilema said he would not hesitate to denounce injustices in society against humanity and that he would equally defend Mr. Sata if he was being unfairly treated because that was his nature.
“Tell Mr. Sata that the people he thinks are on his side today will one day runaway from him and will remain isolated and it will be Mr. Hichilema who will come to console him,” he said.
The UPND leader said it was clear that Mr. Sata and his regime have been caught napping by his exposure that his leadership was inducing by-elections in order to have a two-third majority in parliament that would allow them to manipulate the constitution and possibly attempt to increase their term of office.
“Who doesn’t know that Mr. Sata was a king maker that attempted to force a third term in the past. And going by their reaction, one can see that they have caught napping,” he said.
Mr. Hichilema said even the call for the so called civil politics was very misplaced and that sometimes he was comforted by the fact that statements from State House attributed to Mr. Sata were probably not being done with his knowledge because the whole country know the kind of person Mr. Sata has been.
“For me, I do not wish to emulate that kind of politics and language that Mr. Sata practised towards other people before him. We are in different generations and sometimes I just ignore some of those half-backed statements attributed to him because I know who he is and how he can never change,” he said.
And Mr. Hichilema said as the country commemorates the heroes and unity day, it was important for every citizen to guard against any attempts that take the country back to the dark days of slavery, colonialism, and indeed one party state.