VOTING for the Patriotic Front again in the presidential by-election will be disasterous for Zambians, says UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Mr. Hichilema said Zambia was facing a serious leadership crisis and therefore bringing back the PF into government would be a disaster.
Mr. Hichilema ,who is on a country-wide tour on his ‘Uniting Zambia campaign; said the three years of PF in power has been a nightmare.
“Voting for the PF again in next months presidential by-election will be a disaster to the people of Zambia. There is nothing encouraging the PF has done to the people of Zambia to give them power again,” said Mr. Hichilema.
He said the PF hallmark of leadership was not encouraging at all, saying the legacy left was ugly and highly threatening because it promoted the use of dangerous weapons such as pangas and machetes against each other.
Mr. Hichilema said the PF Government has brought untold misery to the people of Zambia after being voted into power and therefore, well meaning and peace-loving citizenry was unwilling to give their votes to the PF.
“It’s not true that the PF will retain power next month because the people of Zambia are telling us how disgruntled they are against the PF government and its leaders. The people of Zambia in all the regions we have been are speaking the same languange saying violence brought about by the PF had threatened the peace of the nation,” said Mr. Hichilema.
The UPND president said the people of Zambia felt insecure under the PF leadership, saying the failure by those in leadership to stop violence and other acts of violence was putting the nation at risk.
He noted with disappointment that the hostile nature of the PF has been extended to civil servants who have been fired for demanding for what was rightly theirs.
“We have nurses who were fired; we shall give them their jobs. We have cadres in the PF who go to threaten senior government officials, in our regime we will ensure that the public service sector is left out to work professionally.
‘‘We have the knowledge on how to get done with the things we are talking about. We have tried this before and we know that it can work for the country,” said Mr. Hichilema.
Mr. Hichilema warned that what has been experienced in the past three years was nothing but the tip of an ice-berg of the bad governance the PF was preparing for the people of Zambia.
He said his government would revoke the wage and employment freeze imposed on the workers because it was illegal and an abuse of power or authority.
Mr. Hichilema said his administration would ensure that human rights, respect of the rule of law and other statutes were observed to the fullest, adding that the Public Order Act would be removed in the laws of the land because it was a colonial and undemocratic law aimed at stifling divergent views.