Power and Politics

UPND describes Lungu’s tenure as ‘junk’, says Hichilema is steering Zambia to path of respect


The United Party for National Development (UPND) has challenged people claiming President Hakainde Hichilema has failed to point out any specific failures and how they would have done better themselves.

This challenge has also been thrown at the ex-Labour Minister, Fackson Shamenda, who was among those claiming that the President had failed.

UPND Chairman for Labour and Social Security, Godfrey Mwize Beene, made this challenge in a statement issued on Sunday in reaction to Shamenda’s claim.

“We all know that President Hichilema has under very difficult circumstances managed to steer the country from the junk status it was headed to a more respectable society.

“Indeed, doomsayers are panicking because their strategy is crumbling as the UPND government is focused on meeting the aspirations of our people,” Beene said.

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He, however, said Shamenda’s claims were not surprising as other people had not forgotten how he reportedly brutalised the labour movement during an elective congress when he was Zambia Congress of Trade Union President.

Beene alleged that the trade unions came out of that sham congress divided, weaker and available to politicians for abuse and manipulation.

“No, big man, we can’t play trade union politics all our lives – we should encourage ourselves to speak to reality with a lot of honest.

“My personal advice to Mr Shamenda and other seniors is to assume the status of elder citizens who should be seeking to meet President Hichilema to offer their guidance. After all the President has repeatedly expressed willingness to receive guidance from other citizens,” he said.

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