FORMER Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) president Father Frank Bwalya has charged that some of the leaders in the opposition UPND are intolevant and must change before being given a chance to rule the nation.
Fr Bwalya said UPND had been harassing him since he challenged their statement that its leader Hakainde Hichilema was among the top 10 economists in Africa.
He alleged that some UPND cadres had been sending him messages that he (Fr Bwalya) would become a fugitive once its leader was elected president of Zambia due to his behaviour and attitude towards the party.
“This is a group of people who are highly intolerant and if Zambia made the mistake to vote them into power, they will become dictators.
“Already, someone on the Facebook said I should be careful because when Hakainde Hichilema becomes president, I will be a fugitive. I will run away from Zambia. Why should Hakainde and his supporters make me run away? Just because I challenged the economic credentials of their leader?” he asked.
“This is the kind of intolerance that should be condemned,” he said.
And Fr Bwalya has maintained that the UPND leader did not have any accolades to be considered one of the top 10 economists in Africa because he did not have what it takes to be one. He said as far as he was concerned, Mr Hichilema was just a successful businessman without any track record of managing economy of any[ country for him to be considered among the elites in Africa, not to talk about Zambia.
“As far as I am concerned, Mr Hichilema has never worked anywhere or been in charge of an economy of the country. He is not an academician who holds a doctorate or even higher qualification and has never written any books that are being used to teach students,” he said.
“As far as I am concerned, the leader of UPND cannot be said to be among the top 10 economists, that I have disputed!” he said .