12th August 2014
Since the beginning of the month of August 2014, the political environs in Zambia have been bombarded by a barrage of misguided outbursts from the movement for multiparty Democracy (MMD) in particular from the National Secretary, Mr. Muhabi Lungu.
These outbursts have been targeted at the United Party for National Development (UPND) to disrupt its growing momentum and to derail it from its clear path to presidential electoral victory whenever the polls are held.
We have carefully and critically examined these outbursts and find them to be hollow as they lack depth of analysis and are economical with the truth.
In this statement, we wish to deal with Mr. Muhabi Lungu’s misplaced attacks and political hallucinations because as Muhabi says, ‘silence implies guilt on our part.’
Zambia needs to safeguard its citizens from international health threats such as Ebola, good governance dictates that. This will only happen if the PF government invokes and implements the international health regulations [IHR] as guided by the World Health Organization [WHO]. Zambia needs to have in-country capacity for such preparedness, which capacity is currently NOT in place. All points of entry need to be manned by suitable public health officers at all times, the right number of people need to be trained in outbreaks' communication, containment facilities need to be built at points of entry and adequate staff need to be ready to handle such an outbreak with all the requisite medical and surgical supplies in place.
Kasama, 7th August 2014
As UPND in the Northern province, we wish to advice our national leadership for the party not to be bothered by the unwarranted attacks from the ruling Patriotic Front party and the MMD as they are merely meant to distract the party from consolidating the political gains. It is clear in every serious minded Zambian that the party of choice at the moment is the UPND. This has definitely sent shivers in the spines of our competitors as they have no shred of doubt that once UPND takes over the reigns of power, they will have no chance because the new approach to governance. It is clear that the PF and MMD style of leadership cannot compare to what the UPND has to offer. What would one explain the sustained attacks aimed at the UPND from both the PF and the former ruling MMD which are being carried in the post? We are not surprised that the PF and MMD have ganged up with the post to malign the UPND which is gaining popularity on a daily basis with a view of discouraging people who are slowly showing faith in our party.