UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says he is not a sadist to celebrate the crisis the country is going through as he is also feeling the pain because his businesses have been affected by the economic challenges the nation is experiencing.
Mr. Hichilema said it was therefore unethical for the Patriotic Front government to unleash cadres to suggest that he was celebrating the challenges the nation was experiencing.
He said it was painful to see how the economy of the country was collapsing with little being shown as commitment to address the problems the nation was facing by those in leadership.
But PF secretary general Davies Chama has charged that Mr Hichilema was too desperate to go to State House and was using every opportunity to undermine Government, even where circumstances did not demand.
He said it was one thing to render advise to the Government and another to perpetuate negativity through inteprete language that suggested that those in power and their policy advisers were incompetent and ill informed.
The PF, he said, had a formidable team that would ensure a return to power with a landslide next year.
“Don’t hate me for speaking out on the ills of government, Zambia is bigger than the Patriotic Front and Zambia is bigger than HH, bigger than anyone of us politicians,” Mr. Hichilema in an interview.
He said it was unreasonable for the PF leadership to despise him whenever he raised issues when taken into account they could be of value to the governance of the nation.
“How do you help a government which is not ready to listen? Today the leadership will say this when they don’t mean it and if you criticize them they unleash cadres on you to insult you and say all sorts of things about you and accuse you of many things,” he said.
Mr. Hichilema said Zambians have reached a level where they were looking for leaders who had plans and solutions to the challenges the nation, especially at the time when the world was facing serious economic difficulties.
He said it was high time the leadership in the PF realised that things in the country were not alright and there was need for reorganization in the manner they governed the country.