Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:59:48 +0000
By BENNIE MUNDANDO
UPND’s low calibre politics and high level of ignorance will always subject them to remain in opposition, says State House spokesperson Amos Chanda.
Mr Chanda told the VOA in an interview that “it is now clear that they have run out of ideas or have no clue on the operations of Government.”
He said the glaring levels of ignorance displayed by the UPND leadership in understanding or explaining the operations of the presidency or governance was what will forever subject them to remain a mere opposition party.
Mr Chanda was speaking in a live newscast with Voice of America who requested him to respond to the UPND’s criticism of President Edgar Lungu hosting Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila.
Mr. Chanda wondered what role they expected the deputy chair and incoming chair of the TROIKA to play than that of mediator, supervisor of defence, peace and security in the region.
He said President Lungu, as the incoming chair of the SADC politics, defence and security, presided over the organ of the 14-member regional block of countries that supervises politics and defence and security processes to ensure the SADC region is stable.
He observed that it was that low level of thinking that would subject UPND to always be an opposition party and that it was unfortunate that such lowly-thinking amalgamation of political parties were what formed shadow Governments in Zambia.
He said UPND had run out of ideas of how to engage Government in a civil manner and therefore was resorting to extreme low calibre of politics such as printing toilet rolls with the picture of the President.
“If any opposition leader showed that level of ignorance it exposes the danger that so-called alternative Government if that could be the reasoning…”
It is extremely unfortunate for a shadow Government to say that a President who has been given regional responsibility to oversee peace and security in the region must say no when a president was presenting a situation of peace and security in their country.”
“It actually explains why these opposition political parties in Zambia are not in Government,” Mr. Chanda said.
And when queried who was printing rolls of toilet paper with the president on it, Mr Chanda said:
“It is the opposition UPND, it is all over their sites. They have run out of ideas of how to engage government in a civil manner and therefore they are resorting to extreme low calibre of politics and unfortunately it is not helping them at all because Zambians are reacting badly to that cheap propaganda.
“How does it benefit us to degrade to such levels? How would such a campaign benefit the decent party like the one President Lungu leads?” Mr Chanda asked.