HAKAINDE Hichilema and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba have demonstrated that they are selfish individuals who are in politics for personal gain and that is why they have refused to accept defeat and the wish of Zambians to have President Edgar Lungu as their leader for the next five years, Edith Nawakwi has charged.
Ms Nawakwi said Mr Hichilema’s continued schemes to delay or even derail the inauguration of President Lungu were unacceptable because Zambians were anxious to have a Head of State so that they could begin their normal lives after a hectic and pensive election period.
Ms Nawakwi, who is FDD president, said the decision by High Court Judge Mwila Chitabo to throw out UPND’s application to halt the inauguration of President Edgar Lungu was justified because Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba were abusing the courts.
She wondered the type of advice Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba received from those surrounding them.
“It has become clear that Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba legal fights are meant for their individual selfish interests and not for Zambians they purport to represent. If they were interested in the welfare of Zambians, they would have given up and accepted defeat a long time ago, and President Lungu would have been inaugurated,” Ms Nawakwi said.
She stated that the UPND had no issues to raise but instead embarked on a trajectory of abusing Constitutional Court Judges.
Ms Nawakwi stated that the petitioners’ lawyers knew that their petition was to be heard and determined within 14 days and that it was unfortunate that Jack Mwiimbu who was privileged to have been part of the law making process in Parliament had entangled himself as a lawyer and a legislator in a matter that was extremely embarrassing to him as an individual.
Meanwhile, MMD National Secretary Raphael Nakachinda said Mr Hichilema should not be blind or wrongly advised on matters that had no place in the judicial system. Mr Nakachinda further said it was sad that Mr Hichilema has blamed UPND Lawyers led by Mr Mwiimbu who continued giving him advice on matters that were already known to have no place before the court. The High Court on Friday night declared President Lungu’s Inauguration after an application by the UPND to halt the ceremony was denied.