UNITED Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema’s intention is to plant a seed of hate and discord against the Government by manufacturing lies in selected media over President Edgar Lungu’s salary increment, Patriotic Front central committee member Paul Moonga has charged.
Reacting to Mr. Hichilema’s criticism of the salary increment given to President Lungu, Mr Moonga said the PF was appalled by ‘‘unprecedented levels of ignorance’’ exhibited by the UPND leader to ‘‘conveniently personalize’’ the salary of the Head of State even when he knew that he was entitled to it.
He reminded Mr. Hichilema that the small salary increment to the President’s salary could not be compared to the wealth the UPND leader allegedly amassed during the privatisation exercise which made him what he was today.
He said the PF will not wait and watch him tarnish the image of the President to gain political mileage because it was aware that his intention was to sow a seed of hatred against the Head of State.
“This is a very tiny proportion of the huge amount of money the UPND leader collected after presiding over a highly suspicious privatisation process of the mining companies in Zambia in the 1990s.
“If he thinks that he will continue to mislead the people of Zambia while we watch, then he has a massive job on his hands. His statement has too many convenient omissions which must not be left unchecked lest they unjustifiably breed hate against the President,” Mr. Moonga said.
“We will not allow him to use those tricks anymore without being marked. I am challenging him to surrender all the money he collected from the privatization process before he can start opening his mouth to mislead the people of Zambia.
“We now know that the intention of Mr Hichilema is to cultivate a seed of hate, discord, dislike and discontent against the Government of President Lungu by generating predictable lies for planting in selected media which are known enemies of peace but this must be done with some level of coordinated thought,” he said.
In yesterday’s edition of the Post newspaper, Mr. Hichilema was quoted as accusing President Lungu of being greedy following his salary increment and that he did not care for Zambians and that if he was allowed to continue as President, the economic challenges would worsen.