NO AMOUNT of mudslinging, name-calling, insults and negative sentiments aimed at tarnishing my image by my political nemesis will bring me down because I am a force to reckon with in the political arena, Patriotic Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Mumbi Phiri has vowed.
And Mrs. Phiri said she would take the advice of President Edgar Lungu that she should tone down when responding to criticism from political opponents because politics was about learning every day, adding that the advice was timely since the country was in the campaign mood.
She told the Daily Nation that those who thought she would be broken by lies about her were wasting time because their plot to bring her down only strengthened her to soldier on, adding that she was prepared to face her challengers head on because she knew that it was not easy for women to make their grade in Zambian politics due to stereotyping from some sections of society.
Mrs Phiri said the fact that her political opponents had directed and devoted their time towards weighing her down was reason enough to believe that she was not a spent force but a political heavyweight who had made most of her enemies uncomfortable because of what she was doing.
“They will not succeed in bringing me down because I am a force to reckon with. If I was a nonentity, no one would have been talking about Mumbi Phiri today.
They are always looking for opportunities to bring me down because they know my strength, but they will not manage.
They can go ahead and wage a mudslinging campaign against me but that will amount to nothing.
“Let them do whatever they want. They can record my conversations, manipulate my pictures, or use any other means to paint me as a bad woman but I am prepared for that. Mrs. Phiri said.
I know there are other women who are looking up to me for inspiration. I will not disappoint them, but soldier on in the midst of adversity because I know it is not easy to make it as a woman in politics,” Mrs. Phiri said.
She said she was grateful to God who had given her a husband who never paid attention to lies engineered by people who wanted her house to be up in flames with the sole purpose of bringing her down.