…HH told not to condone vulgar language
By Nation Reporter
THE Patriotic Front (PF) has demanded that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema should reprimand his vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba for his vulgar language if the opposition political party is to be seen as a civilised and decent political organisation.
The ruling party said while it welcomed Mr Hichilema’s decision to overrule Mr Mwamba over threats that President Edgar Lungu would be stripped of his immunity from prosecution and sent to jail should the opposition party form government after the 11th August general elections, it was critical for the UPND leader to disown the insults and vulgar language by his vice president for administration. And UPND presidential spokesperson (special duties) Edward Mumbi said it was heartening that the ruling party was equally advocating for an end to the culture of vengeance, retribution and vindictiveness because pursuing former leaders was only negating the economic progression of the country.
PF national youth chairman Stephen Kampyongo said although the ruling party welcomed Mr Hichilema’s decision to overrule Mr Mwamba over the culture of vengeance, retribution and vindictiveness, the UPND leader should be magnanimous enough to condemn Mr Mwamba for inciting youths in the country to violently rise against each other.
Mr Kampyongo who is Local Government and Housing Minister said instead of Mr Hichilema only dealing with the presidency, a position he was interested in, he should also take an interest in the insults and threats of violence Mr Mwamba had been making against citizens.
He said while the PF would welcome Mr Hichilema’s action, it was difficult to commend him entirely because of his silence on the insults Mr Mwamba had been publicly spewing on citizens.
“We can only welcome and appreciate Mr Hichilema’s action of overruling his vice president for administration as long as he comes out in the open to condemn the insults and threats of violence by Mr Mwamba. Mr Mwamba has been inciting youths to violently rise against each other. We would have loved to hear Mr Hichilema disown Mr Mwamba’s insults,” Mr Kampyongo said.
Mr Hichilema, at a press conference held on Friday at Chainama Hotel, overruled Mr Mwamba over threats that President Lungu would be stripped of his immunity, investigated and sent to jail along with Daily Nation proprietor Richard Sakala.
And Mr Mumbi said it was important for politicians both from the opposition and the ruling party to open a new chapter in governance by burying the culture of persecuting perceived political foes.
“We have seen past presidents coming into power with vengeance resulting in the leadership spending money and time on hunting former leaders purely on the basis of settling personal scores. This has not helped develop or unite our country.
The culture of vengeance has in many forms injured our economy because we have seen leaders assuming power only to spend time and money pursuing fellow politicians. This culture must end so that people who assume power concentrate on work,” Mr Mumbi said.