ALLIANCE for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi must stop threatening President Edgar Lungu with impeachment for making decisions which are in the best interest of the people of Zambia, MMD spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda has said.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Mr. Nakachinda said it was shocking that Mr. Milupi was creating an impression that President Lungu was offside when he directed the Ministry of Finance to review the mineral loyalty tax.
He said Mr. Milupi was being careless in the manner he was using the word impeachment because there was nothing impeachable about what President Lungu did when he directed a review of mineral loyalty tax.
“I am shocked that he is using the word impeachment in a very careless manner as if President Lungu has committed something grave. Mr. Milupi should desist from the kind of politics he is engaging himself in. He must realise that Zambia has a President and that leader is President Edgar Lungu whose task is to make decisions on behalf of the many Zambians. And in this case the decision to review the 2015 mineral loyalty tax is in the best interest of the people,” said Mr. Nakachinda.
He questioned why Mr. Milupi would start advocating for the impeachment of President Lungu, adding that the best he opposition leader could have done was to explain his interests and those of his friends in the mining sector.
“We must stop this madness of using words such as impeachment carelessly in the manner Mr. Milupi is doing. Zambia cannot wait to progress, there are certain issues and decisions the President needs to make taking into account the interest of the nation and that is what President Lungu has done. So what is the problem with Mr. Milupi and his friends?” asked Mr. Nakachinda.
Mr. Nakachinda said the anger Mr. Milupi and other have against President Lungu was uncalled for and unreasonable, adding that attempts to hold the President to ransom was unachievable.
“What impeachment is he talking about when the people of Zambia are happy with the review of the current mineral loyalty tax regime? This debate should be focused towards creating benefits for Zambia. Mr. Milupi should not create a situation where the country looks divided and decisive. It is bad. Things will never get better for this country if we are using personal interest to address some of the issues raised.