Hakainde Hichilema, the UPND President has warned ECZ Chairperson Esau Chulu to withdraw the 275 Presiding officers he allegedly wants to engage in Tuesday’s Chilanga by-election.
Waving the list of officers from the ECZ, Mr Hichilema told the crowds gathered at Game and Fisheries grounds on Sunday afternoon that he has unearthed a scam through which the ECZ wants to help the PF win the by-election in Chilanga.
He sent a message to Justice Chulu and warned him against making ECZ the source of conflict in the country.
President Hichilema sent a message to Judge Chulu that UPND is aware of all plans to help the failed government win elections.
He said UPND will send its officials on Monday to ECZ and tell Judge Chulu to halt the scam and let elections be free and fair.
According to Mr Hichilema, the decision by the Commission to allow elections agents to vote in the coming by-elections was not communicated to stakeholders because it is a plan to assist PF to win elections.
President Hichilema has immediately directed his Secretary General Stephen Katuka to seek clarification from the Commission on why stakeholders were not communicated to about the 275 elections Presiding officers allowed to vote.
Mr Hichilema suspects that the PF is confident of winning the Chilanga seat because it is banking on the 275 extra votes from the election agents which has been organised by the Commission without the knowledge of the stakeholders including and other violent strategies.
“I am reliably informed that the agents have been given the right to vote. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why the PF is confident of winning the Chilanga seat, ” said Mr Hichilema.
President Hichilema assured the people of Chilanga that victory for UPND is certain despite manoeuvers by the PF to steal the election.
He said all the people need to do is wake up early in the morning and cast their vote and leave the rest to him and the party.
He said Charmaine has an upper hand over the PF candidate because she has an extra vote from the NDC and other stakeholders.
He also advised Charmaine not to be a boss for the people of Chilanga and the people of Lusaka when she wins an election but be a servant of them all.
And Mr Hichilema has thanked the people of Chilanga that braved the PF threats to attend the rally organised to drum up support for its candidate Charmaine Mehl Musonda.
He said the action by the people of Chilanga shows that they are determined to vote for UPND candidate in the coming by-election.
“To the people of Chilanga, your vote for Charmaine is a vote against poverty, corruption, hunger and other many problems you are facing. This time around we are determined to defend, protect the voters and votes from voting to the last count and anyone found playing manipulative tactics will have to appreciate the effects of denying citizens their right,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema said he was particularly happy that National Democratic Congress Consultant Chishimba Kambwili found time to join him and campaign for UPND in Chilanga.
He said with the help of NDC and others in place, the task of removing the PF from power will now be easy.
He said for a long time, the people of Zambia have been looking forward to the day when political leaders will unite to remove the clique of individuals that have caused great pain to the country.
Meanwhile, Mr Hichilema has condemned President Edgar Lungu for signing a $500 million loan when the ZESCO only needed $350.
“If ZESCO only wanted a loan of $350 million who took the extra $150 million and why did it take the President to sign the loan which should have been signed by the Minister of Finance?’”
He urged the people of Chilanga not to vote for PF otherwise they will be endorsing suffering and the looting of public resources as already witnessed in the manner the PF was allegedly looting public funds.
Meanwhile, UNDP President Hichilema disclosed that there are four other impeachment motions are waiting for President Lungu.
He said each time they reject one, another will be introduced until he is kicked out of office.
And speaking earlier UPND Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba advised the people of Chilanga to learn from their past mistakes.
He said President Lungu told the people of Zambia that he had no vision but the people went ahead to vote for him.
Dr Mwamba reminded the crowds that together with President Hichilema they told Zambians that Edgar Lungu has no vision and no interest in the people of Zambia.
“In fact, it was Lungu himself who confessed that he had no vision but you went ahead to vote for him. What were you trying to prove, now we are all suffering and much of our land is gone to foreigners” he said.
And Mr Kambwili asked not only the people of Chilanga but every Zambian to forgive him because he helped Mr Lungu become President and this has caused so much pain to the people of Zambia.
He said he was motivated to make Mr Lungu President after GBM had invaded PF’s stronghold.
“To counter the influence of GBM, I had to go out of my way to counter what he had done in the PF stronghold thinking that what I was doing was good. I apologize” said Mr Kambwili.
Mr Kambwili later explained that it was unfortunate that the people he fought for have turned out to be thieves.
“There is a great difference between Sata and Lungu because late Sata was working for the people while Lungu is working for his pockets.”
He accused Edgar Lungu that 64 workers were dismissed from Statehouse because they were either Tonga or Lozi.
And Ms Charmaine Musonda Mehl speaking at the same occasion said she is humbled by the overwhelming support she has received from the party leadership and the people of Chilanga.
She said the people of Chilanga will not regret voting for her because her party has a vision for the Constituency
Ms Mehl also thanked the NDC Consultant Dr Kambwili and his party officials for the support rendered to him.
Source: Lusaka Times