ZAMBIA is not in a crisis for the opposition political party leaders to send signals outside Zambia suggesting that the country was ungovernable under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu and cannot attract investment, Evangelical Youth Alliance International president Reverend Moses Lungu has charged.
And Rev. Lungu has questioned UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s way of thinking which he described as lacking patriotism.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Rev. Lungu said Zambia was not in a crisis and President Lungu was in total control.
He said opposition leaders sending wrong messages abroad about Zambia’s levels of poverty, unemployment and other economic challenges the country was facing were doing so out of frustrations after noticing that President Lungu was committed to making Zambia a better place for all.
“Our country is not in a crisis at all and those politicians telling their funders abroad that you cannot invest in Zambia because of unknown reasons are not doing a favour to themselves and the very country they want to be president of. It is shocking that the messages they are sending in the diaspora are killing the nation’s potential to attract direct foreign investments,” said Rev. Lungu.
He said it was time all opposition political party leaders came out in the open to state the kind of country they wanted Zambia to be.
Rev Lungu said parties such as the UPND could not be trusted with governance of the nation because its policies would not favour the poor.
He said the change of position on major issues in the recent past by the UPND was an eye-opener of of the kind of government it would form adding that misleading the international community by painting the PF and President Lungu black would not help them ascend to power.
“For instance UPND started the Mutembo Nchito tribunal way back in 2012 and demanded for the payment of the K14billion DBZ loan. They condemned Government for the removal of subsidy on maize and fuel. The list is endless but look at the new position they have taken after President Lungu did exactly what they demanded for? Is UPND and president Hichilema worth trusting? Ask them about the mineral royalty position they have taken and the one they proposed if they are still on course with the same,” said Rev. Lungu.
And Rev. Lungu challenged UPND to state clearly its position on the governance of the country rather than waiting for their time as the ruling party to contribute.
“At some point, Mr Hichilema had managed to convince people that he was the right man for the top job until I watched and listened in disbelief his presentation in London.
He spoke as if he was doing some campaigns in Kanyama. He is an economist but he spoke as though he was addressing a rally in Kanyama. Surely who does that in a foreign country,” wondered Rev. Lungu. He said the UPND leader and other opposition leaders should have some levels of patriotism even in criticism.
“How do you paint a dark picture of your own country in such a careless manner? Am sure the audience left that auditorium feeling confused as they pictured Zambia as a backward and dangerous country to invest in. Mr. Hichilema made them believe Zambia will only be safe for investment only and if he assumes office which may not happen,” said Rev. Lungu.
Rev. Lungu warned that the attitude of opposition leaders in Zambia lacked inspiration and agenda.