Go for retreat, UPND told


THE battle by Hakainde Hichilema to take over the presidency of the country is over and he should now find time to take a retreat and reflect on why Zambians have rejected his leadership five times, Edwin Lifwekelo has said.

Mr Lifwekelo said while Mr Hichilema had the desire to take over the leadership of the country, he should understand and accept that only God’s time was the best and he, therefore, could not impose his will on Zambians.

Mr Lifwekelo, who is a former UPND deputy spokesperson and now a PF member, said it was politically incorrect for Mr Hichilema to refuse to accept defeat when there was overwhelming evidence that he had lost the last general elections.

He said Mr Hichilema had exhausted all legal channels of redressing his electoral defeat and the best he could do for his emotions was to take a retreat so that he could reflect on his past political failures and his future endeavours away from politics.

Mr Lifwekelo said elections were not won in the courts as Mr Hichilema was doing but that the UPND should have campaigned thoroughly to convince Zambians why they were the best to govern the country.

“Mr Hichilema’s political life is currently in ruins and the best way to heal the septic political wounds is for him to take a retreat and reflect on why Zambians refused to accept his leadership five times. Even the courts have made it clear that his pleas to have the re-election of President Edgar Lungu nullified will not be entertained. Mr Hichilema is not the alpha and the omega of the UPND and he will be surprised that the opposition party could perform better with a different leadership,” Mr Lifwekelo said.

Mr Lifwekelo said President Lungu was a true manifestation of God’s plan and destiny and that Mr Hichilema’s desires were not going to supersede the plans of God.

He recalled that President Lungu was not among those who had the hunger to take over the governance of the country but that God had destined him (President Lungu) to be the country’s sixth Head of State.

“The voice of the people is the voice of God and Mr Hichilema would be fighting God if he is going to continue rejecting the will of Zambians who have voted for President Lungu to continue leading the country,” Mr Lifwekelo said.

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