…says Zambian should be mindful of manipulative opposition political leaders with their political rhetoric.
IMMEDIATE past Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairperson Hon Howard Kunda has charged that there was no need to change political leadership as the country heads to the polls on August 12.
Hon Kunda who is also former opposition Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) Muchinga Member of Parliament has said that Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu should be maintained for the sake of continuity of the national developmental agenda.
Speaking when he featured on the Assignment program on Muvi television last night, Hon Kunda said President Lungu had performed tremendously well despite serving during a difficult period marred with challenges like natural calamities like drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said it was unfortunate that the opposition had been politicizing issues of droughts, COVID-19 and corruption to make it seem like President Lungu was a failing when in fact not.
“I chaired the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and I can frankly tell you that President Lungu should be commended for opening up transparency in dealing with the expenditure of the nation like non other President before him,” Hon Kunda said.
He said that the issue of corruption has been blown out of proportion fueled by people with selfish ambitions who were willing to gain power at all costs.
“From day one of swearing in President Lungu some people have been saying that he has failed.
How can you fail in a few hours or a week? This goes to show you that some people are harbouring preconceived I’ll feelings towards President Lungu for their selfish gain,” Hon Kunda added.
And Hon Kunda has rubbished the statement by opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema that he would turn around the economy within a few hours of being sworn in as republican president as mere rhetoric which should not be taken seriously.
“Mr Hichilema should never be taken seriously.
He thinks that he is at home where he can turn around a household economy like magic,” he said. “You can’t talk about solving national economic problems like magic so speaking as a person who knows these things, this is not the leader to be following.”
He said Zambians needed tried and tested leaders who had proven beyond doubt that they were capable and not the try and error kind of leadership who had no experience.
He said Zambians should be very mindful of what they say and hear and who they followed because they risked being misled with baseless statements by selfish motives.
“I cannot begin to imagine the suffering that we would have to endure should we choose to change leadership now.
Let’s maintain President Lungu because he is tried and tested,” Hon Kunda said.
He said a presidential candidate cannot say they would turn the economy in hours because that was a sign that he did not take the Zambian people seriously which was unacceptable.
“We need serious people.
It explains that he has never held any public office and that’s why he is saying that,” Hon Kunda added.
“But for a person of that standard, those people who are advising him are lying to him and we should not entertain such kind of people who are there to mislead us.”
“I am appealing to Zambians to take this seriously and not entertain such people because that is unacceptable.”
He said the current economic challenges cannot be solely heaped on one person because even big economies globally were suffering hence there was no need to politicize economic issues.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic and calamities like droughts had disturbed national economies in Southern Africa and other countries globally and it was not President Lungu’s fault.
“Look at South Africa and other nearby countries and see how prices have gone up.
This is a global issue that needs to be addressed with that care and a change if leadership will be very catastrophic,” Hon Kunda said.
Meanwhile, Hon Kunda has charged that there was no wind of change in Zambia and the opposition where just trying to mislead Zambians into supporting their selfish motives of gaining power.