It is politically unacceptable and tribally injurious for Vice-president Guy Scott and some sections of the media friendly to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) to attribute the failing health of President Michael Sata to the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND), civil rights activist Brebner Changala has charged.
Mr Changala said it was high time Zambians checked the anarchy and treachery being perpetrated by Dr Scott and some media houses which were allies of the PF because there were schemes to demonise and vilify the UPND and its leader Hakainde Hichilema over things they literally had nothing to do with.
He said it was not surprising that Dr Scott and his allies had embarked on a campaign to propagate hate messages against the UPND, Mr Hichilema and the people of Southern Province so that Zambians could rise against them in the false belief that they were not wishing President Sata the best of health.
Mr Changala said it was disheartening and disgraceful for Dr Scott who he stated had been given the privilege of being the Vice-President to begin sowing seeds of hatred and tribalism in a country that had lived as a united nation under the motto ‘One Zambia One Nation’.
He told the Daily Nation that Dr Scott and his malicious allies should stop shifting the problem of President Sata’s health to the UPND who were not party to the manner the presidency had been mismanaged.
Last week, Dr Scott during a BBC interview over President Sata’s failing health accused the UPND of having started the rumours that the Head of State was ill and that that there would be a presidential by-election.
But the UPND has denied ever talking about President Sata’s health at any of their many fora and that Dr Scott’s statement was not only meant to stimulate hatred against the people of Southern Province but was meant to politically injure the opposition political party and create tribal conflict in the country.
Mr Changala said Zambians understood the corrosive hatred Dr Scott and his allies haboured against the UPND and its leader Hichilema adding that people could no longer be fooled by cheap and malicious propaganda against innocent people and tribe.
“It is high time we checked the anarchy and treachery being perpetrated by Dr Scott and some media houses friendly to the PF. It is totally unacceptable to shift the problems President Sata is having with his health to the UPND and its leader Hakainde Hichilema who are not party to the manner the presidency has been mismanaged. We all understand the corrosive hatred and evil plans Dr Scott and his allies in some media houses have for the UPND and Mr Hichilema. But this senseless and uncivilized attitude of blaming the UPND for President Sata’s health must be stopped because it had the potential of dividing this country and Dr Scott will not stay in this country because it is not his home,” Mr Changala said.
He explained that it was unZambian for the Vice-President and some sections of the media to shift such serious national health matters of the Head of State from government to their perceived enemies.
Mr Changala stated that Dr Scott and his allies in some selected media houses should accept that they had grossly mishandled President Sata’s visit to Israel and should therefore blame themselves instead of directing their anger at innocent citizens.
He challenged the Vice-President and the media he was friends with to come out clearer on the circumstances that led to President Sata leaving the country in the still of the night and why Zambians were only told about the visit after the Head of State had arrived in Tel Aviv.
Mr Changala stated that if President Sata was in Israel for a working holiday, being what Zambians have known him to be, he would not have hesitated to call his favoured media houses to assure Zambians that in fact he was not sick to halt the speculations that had flooded online media.
“President Sata is an action man and if he was in Tel Aviv on a working holiday and realised there were such unpalatable speculation about his health, he would have called his favoured media houses to assure Zambians that he was not sick. He has done that before and we are certain he would have done that because rumours about his health were chocking to the nation. As for now, Zambians have a legitimate reason to believe that things are not well in Tel Aviv and this cycle of hatred against the UPND and the people of Southern Province must stop,” Mr Changala said.