THE UNIP and the MMD governments would not have allowed UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to insult them in the manner they have been insulting President Lungu, former Vice President Enock Kavindele has said.
“I take great exception to the way these young men have been talking about President Lungu. Any other President would not allow these young men to insult them the way they have been insulting President Lungu. Don’t abuse a good man and provoke him because he is also human and cannot be insulted at will,” he said.
Mr Kavindele said Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba had been unnecessarily calling President Lungu all sorts of names.
“Zambians dislike arrogance and the will power of the people will judge them,” he said.
Mr Kavindele said the UPND leadership should not continue to abuse President Lungu’s tolerance by provoking him constantly because he is only human and he can react.
He advised UPND leadership to be polite when seeking votes from Zambians because insults would cost them votes.
On Friday, Mr Mwamba took a swipe at Mr Kavindele for declaring his support for President Lungu and accused him of seeking business contracts from the Government and not caring about the welfare of the Zambian people.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Kavindele dispelled suggestions by Mr Mwamba that he was after Government contracts from the Patriotic Front (PF), hence his endorsement of President Lungu ahead of the polls in August.
“I was just advising GBM that decorum and respect is better than insults. What if he goes into government and other people decide to be insulting him?” he asked. Mr Kavindele said it was not good to be insulting the Head of State.
“I don’t need any contract from Government. What business would I want from Government when it is only three months remaining before the elections?” he asked.
Meanwhile, Mr Kavindele said there was no bank in the world that he owed money.
“In fact, I want to tell GBM that I have no overdraft anywhere in the world,” Mr Kavindele said.