National Restoration Party president Cosmo Mumba has said that bitterness and hatred towards Government had overtaken the cartel which was preoccupied with malice and slander after realising that its presidential candidate for 2016 general elections will not make any impact.
Dr. Mumba told the Daily Nation last evening at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka before departure for India where he is accompanying his nephew Francis Chapota for specialist treatment.
He said the cartel had just realised that its presidential candidate would not win the 2016 general elections and were now desperately trying to smear President Edgar Lungu with all sorts of innuendos.
Dr Mumba said he did not understand why the cartel and the Post newspaper were so bitter with President Lungu to an extent that they had failed to recognise the efforts Government was putting in to alleviate the suffering of the people.
He said he was also a target of scorn against the Post newspaper simply because he defended Government over certain decisions because the paper’s agenda was to bring down anyone who defended Government.
“I have also been a target of all sorts of innuendos from the same people. Believe me, tomorrow you will see a story saying Cosmo Mumba has been evacuated to India for specialist treatment by Government after he collapsed three days ago but do I look sick to you? I am not sick and I do not need specialist treatment. My nephew is here, I have nothing to hide. He is the managing director of Mobi TV and he is the person am accompanying to India.
“So, all this is desperation by the same people. They are looking for ways of scandalising me and government, that I have no money to travel to India and that I needed government to come to my aid but I am not surprised about this. These guys think because we are in opposition, we should always oppose whatever Government is doing. But providing checks and balances is not about being negative all the time,” Dr. Mumba said.