HH arrogance affecting progression of UPND, complains senior officials

By Staff Reporters

Some senior United party for National Development (UPND) leaders are complaining that leader Hakainde Hichilema’s arrogance is costing the party.

According to some senior UPND officials, Hichilema alleged arrogance has contributed to the opposition party’s continued electoral losses.

“We are faced with a serious problem as a party. Our leader president Hakainde Hichilema’s arrogance is worrying. The man rarely takes advice from party officials. His position is always right and he likes commanding officials without giving them chance to explain themselves and make a contribution,” complained a senior UPND official. “He likes to be surrounded by people who always listen to him and take his orders. The problem with our leader is that he does not listen to any advice, otherwise by now the impact of UPND could have been evident.”

According to the UPND sources, some senior party officials were struggling to convince Hichilema to change his attitude towards the affairs of the party.

“We don’t know what to do because for now we are stuck with him,” said a source.

But UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka attributed the poor performance of the party in the recent by elections to reports of violence that were recorded during the voting period in selected parts of the country.

Katuka alleged that there were also cases of electoral malpractice adding that his party had since reported the matter to the conflict management team.

He said UPND was going to re-strategize for the next by elections.

He said although the results were not impressive, the UPND has not been shaken adding that it was still popular and remains strong on the ground.

Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya has said that the ruling Patriotic Front’s (PF) victory in the 12 of the 16-local government by elections was a testimony of the confidence people have in President Edgar Lungu’s administration.

Siliya said the triumph showed that Zambians were tired of unreasonable debates by opposition political parties but want development.

PF Secretary General Davies Mwila said that Zambians reaffirmed their confidence in the ruling party after the party defended all its seven seats and scooped five seats out of the nine which were held by the opposition UPND in the just ended by elections.

Mwila also assured those who did not vote for the PF that the party through its councillors will work hard to provide service delivery to them.

He said the PF would now build on the huge mobilisation success of the bye election campaign to sell its policies to Zambians.

The PF has scooped 12 out of the 16 ward by elections held on Tuesday, including in opposition strongholds such as Western and North Western Provinces.

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