By Nation Reporter
FORUM for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader Edith Nawakwi has been challenged to be ‘‘generous enough’’ to name the people that have been paid by the UPND leader to join the opposition party ahead of the August 11, 2016 general election.
Former UPND Southern Province youth chairman Francis Hakayobe said claims by the FDD leader were baseless and only aimed at attacking an individual for reason best known to herself.
He alleged that the FDD leader was slowly becoming irrelevant on the country’s political landscape because she could only be heard with hostile statements.
“If she wants to join the UPND like many other progressive Zambians that have seen the need to liberate the country, she is very free to join the winning party and contribute to its growth and attractive nature instead of being hostile,” he said.
Mr Hakayobe was reacting to media reports that quoted Ms Nawakwi as having accused UPND of paying people to join the party.
He said it was unfortunate that some politicians had personal hatred that went beyond politics, saying Zambia needed leaders who were issue- based and not those with negative aggression.
Mr Hakayobe said people joining the UPND and those endorsing the candidature of Mr Hichilema were doing so under free will after searching their inner conscience and resolved that the UPND was the only viable vehicle for national, social and economic change.
“Who can take Madam Nawakwi seriously, and for how long has she been on the political scene as compared to Mr Hichilema and who, of the two, is making political impact both locally and internationally?”
He advised the FDD leader to concentrate on her political life to restore the FDD whose relevance at all levels of national governance went unnoticed instead of always engaging into a fight with other people.