UNNECESSARY court petitions are capable of scaring off investors who want to bring their money in the country and leaders should sacrifice their political ambitions for the betterment of the nation, the United Progressive Party (UPP) has charged.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Dr Chishimba, who was one of the losing presidential candidates in the just ended elections, said that leaders should put the interests of the nation first before their personal ambitions.
He warned that investors were concerned and watching the current happenings in the country which, he said, were a recipe for slackening investor confidence.
Dr Chishimba explained that investors were easily scared off by signs of instability in a country and that it was the people of Zambia who were most affected by the missed opportunities.
He pointed out that the ongoing petition by the United Party for National Development (UPND) could slow down investor confidence in the economy.
Dr Chishimba also said that the UPND petition has brought tension and ‘‘unwarranted behaviour’’ across the country that was affecting economic growth.
“A perception of instability scares off investors in a country; they don’t inject their capital where there is instability. The ongoing petition in the Constitutional Court can be taken to be one typical example of what can slow down investor confidence in the economy.
‘‘Leaders must consider Zambia first before our personal ambitions. There are some leaders who have the mentality of wanting to enthrone themselves at all cost,” he said.
Dr Chishimba advised that nationalism could not be attained without sacrifice and that someone who has love for the country could sacrifice so that not even a single life was lost through violence.
He said that political leaders had the potential to incite violence through their actions, even without giving a direct order to attack.
Dr Chishimba urged losing candidates in the general elections to accept defeat and focus on building the economy of the country and ensuring national stability.
He said that every electoral system in the world has its own defects and that it was important for losing candidate to concede defeat because the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) had tried its best to be transparent.
Dr Chishimba hailed the Patriotic Front (PF) government for listening to advice from the opposition leaders and implementing shared ideas that ensured development in the country.
“Nationalism cannot be attained without sacrifice, therefore, someone who has love for the country can sacrifice so that not even a single life is lost through violence.
‘‘Losing candidates should accept defeat and focus on building the economy of the country and ensuring national stability. In our manifesto, we said we would introduce a ministry of religious affairs and we are happy to see the PF have adopted that,” he said.