HAKAINDE Hichilema has effectively endorsed violence for refusing to sign a peace accord prepared by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and does not deserve to be voted for, Given Lubinda has said.
ECZ prepared a peace accord following a spate of bloody violent clashes between political parties but Mr Hichilema, the UPND presidential candidate, refused to sight the peace treaty.
President Edgar Lungu signed the treaty to end political violence and the signing was monitored by the United Nations resident coordinator Janet Rogan and Commonwealth Observer representative Professor Ibrahim Gambrai.
Mr Lubinda, who is Patriotic Front (PF) Kabwata parliamentary candidate, said Mr Hichilema had lamentably failed leadership test when he contemptuously and with scorn, dismissed the ECZ initiative to end political violence.
He said that he was convinced that Mr Hichilema cherished violence not only because of some violent people in his senior ranks but because he refused to rise to the occasion and show true commitment to peace.
“Mr Hichilema will use every opportunity to steal the lime-light starting from prancing around and insulting the police whom he thinks are morons,” Mr Lubinda said.
Mr Lubinda lambasted some NGOs which had remained silent on the violence that was being perpetrated by the UPND and its leadership.
“Why have the NGOCC, Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) and Women’s Lobby remained silent on Mr Hichilema’s refusal to commit to a peaceful electoral process?
“Mr Hichilema effectively “endorsed violence when he refused to sign a peace accord. Zambians must be wary of a leader that refuses to commit to peace and the UPND leader is one such man.”
Mr Lubinda said President Lungu must once again be commended for walking the talk in as far as wanting to have a peaceful election.
He said President Lungu had continued to show deep resilience and focus as a tested leader and that was why he (Lubinda) was sure the Head of State was headed for victory.
“That is why we have been cautioning the Zambian electorate that as we approach the crucial Election Day on 11th August, they must choose a tested and humble leadership that has shown that it can also respect authority,” he said.
“Let us also urge security personnel in Zambia to deny Mr Hichilema and his people a vote on August 11 because after all, he reckons the police in Zambia are made up of morons,” said Mr Lubinda.