I am on a path of taking over power in 2021- HH

By Brighton Phiri

I am on a path of taking of government in 2021, opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has declared.

During Radio Christian Voice programme, Hichilema explained that he was travelling across the globe to prepare himself and UPND officials to take power from PF after the 2021 presidential and general elections.

“After we take over, soon after day one it will be serious work and not parte after parte,” said Hichilema. “We must end this cadrerism. It was embarrassing to see PF cadres causing confusion during the Chikwela Makumbi ceremony in Chongwe. It was like in South Sudan before independence. I am told Mumbi Phiri issued instructions…take him down in Chongwe…It is HH they are targeting. Lungu must end this cadrerism. After being sworn in as president, all this nonsense will end just after two days.”

Hichilema warned Eastern province minister Makebi Zulu against spreading lies about him, or risk being ‘cleaned out’ – financially.

Reacting to Zulu accusation that he pocketed US$ 14 million from the sale of Lower Zambezi National Park, Hichilema advised Zulu to desist from what he terms as “buffoonery of the highest order” by accusing him of selling an asset that is under the custody of government.

Hichilema advised Zulu to protect his resources saying he has “not worked hard enough” to start losing them through court processes while those cheering him on will be nowhere to be seen.

“I can sue you. I clean you out. You will be bankrupt. You too young for that,” said Hichilema. “I am thinking about it, I haven’t decided now but I know if I do I will clean you out. Those who were encouraging you to say wrong things will not be there to save you will be alone.”

Hichilema said Zulu had enough time to apolgise, but should count himself lucky if anything does or does not happen in the absence of an apology.

“…ukule iwe ukali mwana ukule (grow up you are still young grow up). Grow up Makebi. Don’t follow the Sunday Chanda piggery behavior. Walk away from there. You have time to apologise,” he advised.

Hichilema challenged law enforcement agencies to arrest him if he took part in the selling of Lower Zambezi National Park.

Hichilema argued that the principle of selling anything was anchored on ownership hence he could not have sold the natural habitat owned by government.


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