OPPOSITION UPND has lashed out at George Mpombo and Itezhi-Tezhi Member of Parliament (MP) Greyford Monde for attacking its leader Hakainde Hichilema describing the duo as politically myopic who would be stranded should the Patriotic Front (PF) lose elections in 2016.
Former Siavonga UPND Member of Parliament Douglas Syakalima said Mr Mpombo who is the leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) should stop attacking Mr Hichilema and concentrate on mobilizing his political party because he did not form his party to parrot the agenda of the ruling party.
Mr Syakalima told the Daily Nation that Mr Mpombo as a leader of a political party should not be attacking other opposition political parties as it would not help him strengthen his political party.
He said it was unfortunate that Mr Mpombo had continued exhibiting bombastic arrogance towards other opposition political parties when there are efforts that the culture of opposition political parties attacking each other should be stopped.
“We are wondering why Mr Mpombo is commenting on the UPND and its leadership. Mr Mpombo is a president of a political party and we would want to believe he formed the party so that he can be a President of this country. So why would he expend his political energy by exhibiting bombastic arrogance to Zambians,
“He does not know how to communicate to people and that is why he has resorted to looking for space in some media houses whose agenda he is parroting,” Mr Syakalima said.
He said it was not up to Mr Mpombo to decide who should lead the UPND and that the opposition was happy with the leadership Mr Hichilema was providing to the party adding the opposition leader was destined to form government in 2016.
The UPND official said it was shocking that Mr Mpombo could describe the land slide victory by the opposition party in the Katuba by-election as a fluke stating that Mr Mpombo’s political platitude and assessment were severely defective.
And Mr Syakalima said Agriculture deputy Minister Greyford Monde would be miserable after losing his job in the PF because the people of Itezhi-Tezhi were angry that he (Monde) had betrayed them by joining the PF.
He said Mr Monde should desist from attacking Mr Hichilema and the UPND because without the two, he would never have been an MP and recognized by the ruling party.
Mr Syakalima said Mr Monde was a misguided man who was looking for opportunities and that it was important for him to thank the UPND because without the party he would never have been an MP
“Mr Monde has literally insulted the people of Itezhi-Tezhi and he has been blinded by little favours he is receiving from the PF government. But that is how selfish people behave and he has no plan about what would happen to his political career after PF leaves government in 2016. He will be a lonely and miserable young man and the best he can do is to keep quiet,” he said.
Mr Syakalima said there were MPs from the opposition political parties working with the PF government but were not talking ill of the political parties that sponsored them to Parliament.
He said Mr Monde should check himself and reflect on where he had come from because the people he was attacking were the same who helped him to get to Parliament.