THE United Party for National Development (UPND) leadership has fully endorsed the vulgar language, insults and threats of vindictiveness that its vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has been spewing on citizens and institutions, Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general, Davis Chama has charged.
Mr Chama has challenged UPND president Hakainde Hichilema to publicly condemn and reprimand Mr Mwamba because his silence over the matter was sending signals that the opposition political party was condoning insults and abuse of citizens they intend to govern.
Mr Chama has also challenged Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) general secretary Reverend Susan Matale to issue a statement chastising Mr Mwamba for insulting Daily Nation proprietor Richard Sakala, journalist Wallen Simwaka and Chilufya Tayali, the Zambian Voice executive director.
He said in an interview yesterday that the silence by the UPND leadership over the insults by Mr Mwamba was not only numbing but was a wake-up call to Zambians to realise what Zambia would become should the opposition party form government.
Mr Chama said he was shocked when he read and listened to the invectives Mr Mwamba was hauling at Mr Sakala, Mr Simwaka and Mr Tayali. He wondered whether God would be pleased to give Zambia to a political leadership that was offensively uncivil in their language and actions.
He said should Mr Hichilema and Rev. Matale fail to issue a statement to condemn Mr Mwamba, the conclusion would only be that the duo believed and supported the insults Mr Mwamba was publicly spewing against citizens.
“Mr Mwamba has always been violent in his language.
But the worry is that Mr Mwamba is a vice-president of the UPND and aspiring to be in Government. Zambians should also be wondering why the UPND president, Mr Hichilema has chosen to remain silent on such a grave matter.
I challenge Mr Hichilema and the CCZ general secretary, Rev. Matale, to publicly condemn Mr Mwamba and their continued silence can only mean that they support and have endorsed the insults from Mr Mwamba. We wonder what Zambia would become if the UPND formed Government and Zambians will become objects of violent language from Mr Mwamba,” Mr Chama said.
He stated that the UPND has also exposed itself as a vengeful and vindictive political organisation aspiring to form Government with the aim of settling political scores against selected citizens.
Mr Chama said threats by Mr Mwamba that he was going to make sure journalist Simwaka was subjected to perpetual suffering over a story published in the Daily Nation quoting a telephone recording with a voice purported to have been that of the UPND vice-president were a sign that vengeance and retribution were the main characteristics of the opposition party.
He said he was glad that the PF under President Edgar Lungu had managed to purify and cleanse itself by the departure of people like Mr Mwamba whom he said had made the ruling party unpopular by their violent language.