ZAMBIANS do not need Hakainde Hichilema and his followers to recognise President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s victory, says Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo.
Mr Lusambo said it was clear that the UPND were hell-bent on derailing the democratic process in Zambia by preventing a duly elected President to take office.
He said the levels of selfishness exhibited by the UPND leadership were now a source of concern.
Mr Lusambo said since President Lungu was declared winner of the August 11 elections, he had showed the greatest level of statesmanship by exhibiting high levels of patience and allowed the due process of the law to take its course.
“It is not surprising that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has announced that he will not recognise the election victory of President Edgar Lungu, the announcement does not come as a surprise because Mr Hichilema vowed way before the vote was cast that he will not recognise President Lungu’s victory no matter what.
“What is, however, interesting about Mr Hichilema’s announcement is his desperate plea for Zambians to join him in his illegal crusade to make the country ungovernable after losing so many applications in the courts of law. Mr Hichilema is now asking Zambians to take over the fight using other ways outside our Constitution,” he said.
Mr Lusambo explained that the legal circus that had been going on has created uncertainties in the economy and has caused some level of damage to the judiciary.
“I believe all the drama could have been avoided had Mr Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Mwamba accepted the verdict by the Zambian people to re-elect President Lungu.
“It is unfortunate that in other countries, they keep experiencing earthquakes and Tsunamis but in Zambia today, we can confidently say that Hichilema and GBM are Zambia’s biggest natural disasters,” he said.
Mr Lusambo called upon all Zambians to ignore Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba’s calls and turn up in large numbers, saying by attending the inauguration in large numbers, Zambians would be yet again affirm their love and trust in President Lungu.
“I take this opportunity to invite Mr Hichilema to join the millions of Zambia who will be attending the inauguration ceremony as it will be a great sign of reconciliation,” Mr Lusambo said.