By National Reporter
UPND deputy spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa’s insinuation that President Edgar Lungu is taking advantage of first republican president Kenneth Kaunda is misplaced and disrespectful, says Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo.
Mr Kampyongo told journalists that President Lungu did not take Dr Kaunda to Chinsali district during his recent visit to the area.
He said Dr Kaunda was in Chinsali to attend the golden jubilee of the school named after him which was a few metres from the former president’s birthplace.
Mr Kampyongo said the other event was for Dr Kaunda to attend a church service at Lubwa mission were his parents were buried and those were the only two events that he attended with President Lungu this year.
“Let’s learn to be respectful especially for those of us who appear to be young in politics; there’s no way we can degrade him (Dr Kaunda) by parading him at political events,” said Mr Kampyongo.
He said Dr Kaunda was not only a dignified senior citizen but the founding father of the nation and that he deserved a lot of respect.
Mr Kampyongo was reacting to a story in the Post newspaper on Tuesday which quoted Mr Mweetwa as saying President Lungu should stop abusing the first republican president and allow him to rest.
Mr Mweetwa claimed that President Lungu had been parading Dr Kaunda at many significant events and that Dr Kaunda had ‘‘already worked for this country and he has run his full race’’.
“Let them not parade our old man to commission campaign projects using his name and let Edgar Lungu not attempt to run using borrowed legs of KK because he knows KK is a winner,” Mr Mweetwa said.