Friday, August 10, 2007
By Chibaula Silwamba
Friday August 10, 2007 [04:00]
WE are not shaken by resignations, UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has said. Commenting on several resignations of UPND top leaders including Ngande Mwanajiti, Siacheye Madyankuku and some former parliamentarians, Hichilema said UPND was not only for Tongas but all Zambians.
“Nature has its own way of pruning people. Those seeking quick gain will fall off on the road side. UPND is not for Tongas, it’s for all Zambians. Individuals can express their opinions but that does not mean that is the position of all people. Tonga tribalism is not an issue,” Hichilema said. “I ask our people not to be shaken; we are not shaken by resignations.”
Hichilema said just after last year’s elections, most people were resigning from their political parties to join the MMD in order to benefit from the government. He said the struggle for economic emancipation was tough and required people to be committed.
“Human bodies will weaken but the spirit will continue fighting for economic emancipation in our great country. You remember during the colonial struggle a lot of freedom fighters died but the spirit continued and we gained our independence,” he said. “Even now the struggle for economic struggle is a hard one and our bodies will tire and weaken but the spirit should continue. I challenge Zambians that ‘let’s walk the long and tough road together to develop our country’.”
He said Zambia needed quality leadership that should not be based on quality not tribe or the region.
“Let’s take this great country forward,” Hichilema said. “Politics is community service. It’s hard work, it’s for people who are committed.”
Hichilema said he did not join politics for short term gain but to deliver services to Zambians.
On former UPND vice-president and ULP president Sakwiba Sikota’s comments that UPND was dying, Hichilema said Sikota was envious of the UPND.
“Sakwiba has to work on his ULP. Why is he commenting on UPND? It shows that he is envious of UPND,” said Hichilema on phone from Central Province where is conducting a campaign tour. “He has to get busy with his party. I’m also busy with the UPND.”