THE admission of clandestine meetings between the European Union (EU) Observer team and opposition leaders including an editor of an opposition newspaper was an eye opener to the machinations of foreign interests.
And now the Patriotic Front (PF) hopes that the meetings were meant to ask the UPND leader to accept defeat, Harry Kalaba has said.
PF Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili said the EOM should advise Mr Hichilema and UPND to stop politics of regionalism because the evil had the potential to ignite tribal conflicts in the country.
Reacting to revelations that the EOM had been having covert meetings with Mr Hichilema, his vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and Post Newspaper owner Fred M’membe, Mr Kalaba said it was the hope of the PF that the meetings were not meant to hurt the country’s flourishing democracy.
Mr Kalaba who is PF Bahati member of Parliament said it was important for Mr Hichilema to give a true reflection of how best the general elections were conducted.
He said the elections were over and past and that Zambians had made their decision to have President Edgar Lungu continue governing the nation and that the meetings Mr Hichilema and Mr M’membe were having were not going to change anything.
Mr Kalaba said Mr Hichilema should avoid inviting EOM to places where their meeting would create suspicion among Zambians that there could be something sinister that was being planned.
He said Zambia considered the UE credible institution that was helping Zambia grow its democracy and could never engage in activities that could hurt the continued growth of pluralism.
“As the PF, we hope Mr Hichilema is telling the EU the truth about how best and transparent the elections were conducted. It is also our hope that the EU is meeting with Mr Hichilema to ask him to accept defeat and move on. We have passed the election period and it is time to heal and move on as a united country. President Lungu has been elected and tomorrow he is getting inaugurated and will govern the country for the next five years,” Mr Kalaba said.
And Mr Kambwili said whatever the EU was discussing with Mr Hichilema and Mr M’membe was not going change the outcome of the August general elections.
Mr Kambwili appealed to the EU to let Mr Hichilema know that the decision Zambians had made should be respected and ask the UPND leader to avoid being antagonistic with the PF government.
He also said it was his hope that the EU was going to advise Mr Hichilema change his style of politics of regionalism because Zambia could not afford to degenerate into tribal conflict after more than 50 years of being a peaceful and united country despite its diversity.
“My prayer is that the EU should ask Mr Hichilema to revise his kind of politics which are regional. UPND can easily divide the country and the EU as an institution that believes in democracy should be able to advise the UPND leader against the dangers of regional politics,” Mr Kambwili said.