LACK of coordination between UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba is a source of chaos if the two leaders are elected into office, President Edgar Lungu has charged.
“They are a bunch of jokers. They do not even coordinate and talk to each other because if they did, they would speak one language. The other day their vice president was saying they will arrest me and my political advisor (Kaizer Zulu) and then their president came and said no, we are not going to arrest anyone,” he said.
President Lungu said Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba were pre-occupied with getting to State House in an attempt to recover all the resources they have spent in their campaigns.
He was addressing a campaign rally at Moomba Secondary School grounds in Katuba constituency yesterday.
He said if Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba were coordinating, they would have been speaking one language.
And President Lungu has observed that the UPND has lost more representation in Parliament from the time Mr Hichilema took over the leadership.
He said it was surprising that despite this, the UPND leadership kept on using the slogan “going forward”.
President Lungu said this was unlike PF which had grown ever since it took power.
“I know Mr. Sata and Mr. Mazoka (may their souls rest in peace) are in heaven and are happy with me and what I have done, ” President Lungu said.
He said Zambians should not be cheated by claims by the UPND that when they form government, they will govern the country on Godly principles because they are the same ones who were opposed to the holding of a day of prayer and fasting when he called for it in October last year.
And two traditional leaders have said perpetrators of violence should be dealt with to set an example to other would-be offenders. Chief Chamuka and Chief Liteta both of the Lenje speaking people in Central Province have said they were concerned about the growing levels of political violence and that such acts needed to be condemned by all well-meaning citizens
They have warned that they would not vote for politicians that engaged in violence in order to win prominence in politics ahead of the August 11 polls.
The traditional leaders said this in a joint statement when they met President Lungu before his campaign rally in Chisamba yesterday.
Chief Chamuka said politicians were expected to address issues that affected the people unlike perpetuating violence during their campaigns.
Meanwhile, Chief Chitanda of the Lenje speaking people of Chibombo district said he remained hopeful that President Lungu would continue for a full mandate to serve the people.
The traditional leader was speaking when President Lungu paid a courtesy call on him at Keembe Institute of Agriculture yesterday.