THE revulsion and anger that most Zambians feel against the cartel will sink the United Party for National Development (UPND), Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) president Wright Musoma has charged.
Mr. Musoma said many political parties disassociated themselves from the cartel because it was a group of schemers whose preoccupation was to hold governments to ransom so that they could evade tax, manipulate the judiciary, and disregard the rule of law with impunity.
“These people called the Tongas and UPND as a Bantustan outfit; have they apologised for Mr. Hichilema to apologise?” Mr. Musoma asked.
He said UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has shot himself in the foot for grovelling and succumbing to pressure for media coverage to oust the Patriotic Front (PF) from government.
He said the marriage of convenience would bring him and the party down because Zambians have witnessed first-hand the abuse of state power and resources by the cartel under former presidents late Levy Mwanawasa and Michael Sata. Mr. Musoma said only retrogressive minds would want to go to bed with the cartel.
He said Mr. Hichilema had made a ‘‘leap to a wrong branch’’, adding that the apology was for political expediency to winning the 2016 elections.
Mr Musoma said it was folly for the UPND to think that Mr. Hichilema’s compromised stance to align the party to the cartel would help the UPND win the election because history had shown that the cartel was not a king-maker but an enemy of progress and challenged well-meaning members of the party to reject Mr. Hichilema’s manoeuvres to bulldoze the party by solely making decisions without their consent.
But the UPND has branded Mr. Musoma as a job-seeker who was begging for an alliance with the PF by pledging to support it in order for the ruling party to become victorious in this year’s election.
UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo said there was nothing wrong for Mr. Hichilema to apologise and that the party did not expect any apology in return.
Meanwhile, Sinazongwe UPND Member of Parliament Richwell Siamunene and his Itezhi-Tezhi counterpart Greyford Monde have questioned the motive behind Mr. Hichilema’s apology.
Mr. Siamunene described Mr. Hichilema’s apology as a cosmetic undertaking aimed at soliciting a platform on which to ride his way to State House but said only God will allow Mr. Hichilema to rule the country and not desperate conspiracies.
And Mr. Monde said while there was nothing wrong with people apologising to each other and reconciling, Mr. Hichilema’s apology left a lot of questions unanswered.