Thursday, May 02, 2013

HH has weakened MMD further - Pule

By Allan Mulenga
Wed 01 May 2013, 14:01 CAT

PASTOR Dan Pule says Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND have further weakened MMD by poaching its senior members.

And Pastor Pule says he will prayerfully consider an opportunity to serve in the government if called upon by President Michael Sata.

Addressing the press yesterday, Pastor Pule, a former deputy finance minister in the MMD government, said UPND's continued poaching of MMD senior leaders had the potential to ignite fights between the two opposition parties that had been in a loose alliance.

"Our concern is that if they begin to poach leaders from one opposition party to the other, they will begin to fight one another, instead of constructively fighting the ruling party so that they can be a real alternative to the ruling party in forming the next government," he said. "Obviously, if it is in the light of an alliance it will weaken that alliance. If they can poach members from one opposition party to another…however, we are emphasising unity among opposition parties."
Pastor Pule said although politicians had democratic rights to belong to political parties of their choice, the happenings between the MMD and UPND would dent the relationship between the two opposition parties.
"… Now, the question that arises is whether this has happened in the context of an alliance between the UPND and the MMD," he wondered.
And Pastor Pule, who is Apostolic Prophetic Network (APN) president, said appointments to any leadership position came from God.
"We fought for the change in the government. We stood with President Michael Sata. We have since then been quiet. I want to say that it is the President's choice; I cannot say whether I would accept an appointment at this point or not," he said. "But obviously sometimes it might become an academic exercise. At the moment all I want to say is that I have remained a national leader, a politician, a Christian leader and I will continue to do so. By the grace of the Lord we are looking up to Him to lead us. Appointment comes from not the North or South, it comes from the Lord."
Pastor Pule said opportunities to serve in the government came from God.
"The President is an instrument the Almighty God can use to appoint one into government. But the ultimate appointment comes from the Lord. For now I am satisfied where I am, except a lot of people are asking me why I am so quiet as a politician," said Pastor Pule.

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