I GET a copy of the national intelligence report before it reaches President Edgar Lungu, UPND President Hakainde Hichilema revealed yesterday.
Speaking at a press briefing, Mr. Hichilema said, “As I sit today Edgar Lungu gets his intelligence reports, I actually get a copy ahead of him. I know what is going on. I know what he is doing.”
He revealed that from this information he discerned that President Edgar Lungu has allegedly sourced US$10 million to destabilize the United Party for National Development (UPND) and has allegedly sent intelligence officers to South Africa to investigate the source of its campaign funds in last month’s elections, its leader, Hakainde Hichilema, has claimed.
But Patriotic Front Secretary General Davies Chama said Mr. Hichilema’s accusations were baseless and aimed at tarnishing President Lungu and the PF’s image. The Zambian people had rejected HH and there was no need for “clandestine” operations because he would continue to be rejected.
Mr Hichilema claimed that President Lungu was using part of the money to buy his members of Parliament to accept ministerial jobs and support the ruling party.
Mr Hichilema said he was also aware of five intelligence officers that President Lungu had allegedly sent to South Africa to investigate his sources of funding in the just ended presidential polls.
Mr Hichilema said it was Zambians who funded him for the January 20, 2015 presidential elections and that at no time did he leave the country to go and source for funding.
He advised his party members to be conscious that the US$10 million which was currently in circulation to buy UPND members of parliament was not genuine.
“I am not like him who went to Boko Haram in the middle of the night without the knowledge of acting president Dr Guy Scott then to seek for funding,” he said.
But Mr. Chama said President Lungu could not waste such colossal sums of money to plot against the UPND.
He said UPND would never win any elections come 2016 as the PF would scoop the polls again.
“Hichilema will never be President because he cannot be trusted and he is a liar. It is unfortunate that he can lie in order attract public sympathy,” he said.
Mr Chama said President Hichilema was hallucinating because he was bitter over the loss in the January 20, 2015 presidential election.