By Nation Reporter
IT is unnecessary for opposition political party leaders to target each other when they have the common enemy which is the Patriotic Front (PF), the party in Government, Hakainde Hichilema has said.
Mr Hichilema who is United Party for National Development (UPND) president said he was not bothered by the attacks by his counterpart Edith Nawakwi of the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader because his focus is to continue talking for the millions of Zambians who were affected by what he termed poor governance of the country.
Mr Hichilema said opposition political party leaders should be unhappy that there was a shortage of mealie meal in the country which had forced the price of the staple food to suddenly increase to unaffordable levels.
The UPND said he did not understand why Ms Nawakwi had elected to target fellow opposition political party leaders when they had a common agenda of liberating Zambians from what he termed mismanagement of the country’s affairs.
He said in an interview yesterday that he did not want to say anything against Ms Nawakwi but would leave it to Zambians to judge why the FDD leader was attacking fellow opposition leaders.
Ms Nawakwi yesterday claimed that Mr Hichilema was not going to accept defeat in the August general elections because the UPND leader was already acting like a president to which Mr Hichilema said the FDD leader had her own style of playing politics.
“All of us as the opposition political party leaders should be unhappy with the PF and should not target each other. I certainly believe I am not the enemy of Zambians but the PF, the party in Government and that is where we should focus our energy. We should be worried about the shortage of mealie meal and the high prices. I do not understand why my colleague would want to attack me and I am not going to say anything against her because what she is fighting against is what I am doing…speaking for the many poor Zambians,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema said he was more concerned about the plight of Zambians and the closure of the two biggest universities, the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University.
He said he was no worried about Ms Nawakwi’s attacks against him and was reluctant to comment on the matter because it was not correct for the opposition leaders to attack each other.
Mr Hichilema said the UPND was focused on providing alternative leadership and that he had no ill feelings for the FDD leader for her attacks against him (Hichilema).