By KALOBWE BWALYA
THE UPND has realised that they shot themselves in the foot by rejecting the constitutional amendment bill no 10 of 2019 which would have given them what they are crying for now, the Citizens Democratic Party (CDP) president Robert Mwanza has said.
Mr Mwanza said UPND went to great lengths to ensure that Bill 10 did not pass in Parliament and even celebrated its demise and should therefore not cry now for killing any prospect of amending the Public Order Act.
He said UPND and its cohorts of civil society organisations achieved their aim and with it, killed any prospect of amending the Public Order Act.
He advised the UPND to live with their result of their actions, “they made the bed, so let them lie in it.”
And PF Deputy Media Director, Antonio Mwanza has told the Daily Nation that the opposition party was now crying for the amendment of the Public Order Act, which they rejected by boycotting and de-campaigning the process to amend the constitution.
“They are now crying for the amendment of the Public Order Act, they have forgotten that they boycotted and de-campaigned the process to amend the constitution and the POA,” Mr Mwanza said.
“UPND are a conflicted and interesting bunch who seem not to know where they are going or coming; they do not know whether they are turning or heading straight. In fact, they do not question anything as long as it is coming from ba Sammy; when ba Sammy says “jump” they don’t ask, “why” they just ask, “how high,” they should jump,” Mr Mwanza said.
Mr Mwanza said it was clear Mr Hichilema was holding the entire party hostage and no one was allowed to question anything. “Everyone is forced or manipulated to obey without murmuring any divergent view,” he said.
Mr Mwanza said UPND was now crying for the amendment of the Public Order Act when they had a chance to do so but they shot down Bill 10 and the entire legal and institutional reform process purely out of malice.
He advised UPND leaders to stop politics of bitterness and hatred and start using common sense because, “we may belong to different political parties but we are surely one Zambia, one Nation.”