THE ruling Patriotic Front claims that there’s freedom of speech within the nation and that President Edgar Lungu is a democrat.
Lusaka Province PF secretary Kennedy Kamba says regardless of how a lot political fighters attempt to paint the birthday party black, proof is there to turn out that voters revel in their Constitutional freedoms.
“Even in terms of promoting democracy and good governance, President Lungu has been doing the best. There is freedom of speech in Zambia, the levels of tolerance even to our opponents are very high. They say whatever they want to say in the press with all sorts of allegations and nobody has been victimised. We have pluralism and freedom of the press,” he instructed The Mast in a commentary.
“But all these tenets of democracy and values that have been upheld and respected by President Lungu are not seen by our competitors. All they know is to attack and insult President Lungu day in and out. The fact of the matter, however, is that President Lungu is a democrat and he has been working round the clock to deliver the much-needed development to the Zambian people.”
He accused the opposition UPND of sponsoring unfavourable propaganda towards President Lungu and his workforce.
“As we head towards the 2021 general elections, a lot of unsubstantiated claims are being made by the UPND and their leader Hakainde Hichilema, claiming that the democratic space, pluralism and freedoms of our people have shrunk,” Kamba mentioned additional. “This opposition political party that is desperate for power has continued putting up weird claims, trying to paint the PF black with all sorts of unfounded accusations against President Edgar Lungu and the PF, constantly attacking him in the press without substantial evidence of misdeeds or mismanagement. There are constant, perennial unending headlines that are only meant to sway the minds of Zambians.”
Kamba mentioned folks knew how a lot President Lungu cared for them.
He reaffirmed his previous declare that the PF would win subsequent 12 months’s elections.
“But time is coming for reckoning in the political arena. Zambians know very well who President Lungu is and they love him. They are going to vote for him in 2021 because he has protected the country’s values during his tenure. The levels of development are unprecedented,” he mentioned. “On the other hand, the very citizenry know who Hakainde Hichilema is, with his frustration, bitterness and tribal politics. These maneuvers of trying to make President Lungu look bad in the eyes of Zambians are sponsored by our competitors because they cannot match our development record and they have resorted to character assassination.”
Kamba accused the UPND of harbouring frustration which additionally made them insult the Head of State repeatedly.
“The UPND is so frustrated that they have nothing to tell the citizenry. All they know is to insult President Lungu and his leadership. The leader of the opposition UPND Hakainde Hichilema knows very well that President Edgar Lungu has delivered the much-needed development and he cannot match this record,” mentioned Kamba. “We will not be dragged in politics of hate, tribalism and division at the expense of development.
We have challenged the UPND to meet us in the development arena and compete in terms of ideas rather than mudslinging. President Lungu has shamed them by building hospitals, roads, putting up an effective system in agriculture that has resulted in concurrent bumper harvests, a vibrant social cash transfer system and a strengthened effective education sector. Jobs have been created for our people across sectors and we are still doing that. The UPND or any political party in Zambia cannot match to any of these key successes and that’s why they are frustrated because they know President Lungu is winning in 2021 general elections.”