UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has overruled his vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s threats that President Edgar Lungu would be stripped of his immunity and sent to jail along with Daily Nation proprietor Richard Sakala should the opposition party form government after the general elections in August.
Mr Hichilema has differed with Mr Mwamba over the culture of vengeance, vindictiveness and retribution declaring that it would not be the pre-occupation of the UPND once in Government to embark on a crusade to hunt down President Lungu should Zambians give him the chance to govern the country.
“we will not arrest him. We will give him safe passage,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema alleged that the PF was conspiring with the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to
manipulate the August 11th elections by deliberately scheming to deliver the ballot papers late in the opposition party ‘strong holds.’
Mr Hichilema said that the party had carried out some research and had information on how the ECZ would rig the elections in a similar way it was done in some African country.
“We have done some research and we have got the data. They want to print ballot papers in a suspicious place like it was in some African country. They want on the voting day to delay to bring ballot papers in Lusaka by 12:00 hours. Now, that is playing. When we talk, they say shut up! But is ECZ your mother’s company and who is Pricilla Isaacs?
He said he had a letter the ECZ wrote to one of the bidding companies giving reasons for not selecting them alleging that some PF officials were in Dubai to prepare the printing of the ballot papers.
“We have the data and we are not talking from without. The company whose letter we have met all the requirements such as the weight of the ballot paper, experience and that the rejected company bid US$1.6 million while the Dubai company had a bid of US$3.5 million. And we say no to the expensive bidder,” Mr Hichilema said.
On Tuesday former president Rupiah Banda has advised that no political party should aim at forming Government to unduly execute retribution and vengeance on its citizen but rather to cultivate a sense of unity and cohesion after taking over leadership,.
He said the culture of political vindictiveness, vengeance, retribution and pure political hatred should never be allowed to be nurtured because such vices had only achieved persecution against selected citizens in the country.
Mr Banda said the continued threats by the UPND that President Edgar Lungu will have his immunity from prosecution removed if the opposition political party formed government after the August general elections had the potential to create tension during the election campaign period.