Power and Politics

Hichilema preaches against military coups, warns UPND cadres against lawlessness


President Hakainde Hichilema has called on the opposition not to emulate the violent take over of government like what has been happening in West Africa.

Hichilema said what had been happening in West African countries such as Niger had catastrophic negative effects on the economy, children and other economic variable.

The Head of State said this during the end of the year press conference in Lusaka on Friday held at Mulungushi International Conference Center.

He stated that he would work hard to maintain peace in Zambia and help other countries such as Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have peace in his capacity as Troika leader.

“The opposition should not stand in the way of development in the various Constituencies through unnecessary politicking,” Hichilema added.

He vowed that a constituency would not lag behind in terms of development because it was held by an opposition Member of Parliament or Councillors.

Hichilema emphasized that all MPs should aim at working together in delivering development to their Constituencies because this was the expectation of the electorate.

“This calls for unity in order to deliver development to Zambians. I will work with Patriotic Front (PF) Council, Patriotic Front Member of Parliament in my government’s quest to deliver development,” he stated.

He also directed the Secretary to the Cabinet, Patrick Kangwa, to call for a meeting with Permanent Secretaries and Council workers to establish the loopholes hindering the speedy utilisation of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) money.

Hichilema denied the claims from the opposition that the CDF was not being equitably distributed saying this was far from the truth.

“There is zero segregation in the disbursement of CDF but only slow utilization of the funds and implementation of projects by the various local authorities,” he stated.

Hichilema also reinforced his warning to United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres against lawlessness at bus stations, markets and on collection of revenues from Councils.

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“We have restored order in the markets, bus stations and Zambians have forgotten about the panga lifestyle. UPND if you do that, i will forget you. I have seen slippage somewhere and am watching, law and order must be maintained,” he warned.

Hichilema stated that Zambians detested land grabbing under the PF regime and this would not be tolerated under his administration.

At the same briefing, the Head of State announced that corrupt individuals would now be tried within five months following the amendment of the law.

He said people who had corruption cases had been celebrating after successfully delaying the court process it that, however, this would now be a thing of the past.

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