By Bright Chikele
ERIC Chanda says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has failed in his
choice of running mate in Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.
The 4th Revolution Party president said GBM was an empty tin that
could not offer policy direction to the country.
He said Hichilema had made a mistake by choosing GBM as his running
mate because the former defence minister lacked intelligence befitting
a Republican vice-president.
“To sum up everything, this is total circus; God help us! When I say
this country will never change, people think I am just speaking from
without. When I say even if the UPND was elected today as a new
government, nothing tangible will change both economically and
socially, people think I am talking aimlessly. I am sure that every
Zambian now can see that leadership in our country is far from being
first. What we are seeing now is the total mirror of the MMD and PF.
Honestly, abakalamba bandi ba [my elder brother] GBM has managed to
get tenders from government but we cannot say he is an entrepreneur.
He has always depended on government contracts, so does it mean he can
lead this country?” Chanda wondered. “I am not belittling my elder
brother GBM, but this is total circus. Let us not play around with the
leadership of this country. What policy direction can my elder brother
GBM provide to this country? Anyway, what I can say is comrade
Hakainde Hichilema has made a very retrogressive move as far as
developing this country is concerned; it is very retrogressive. There
are so many educated and intelligent Zambians that deserved that
position who can make contributions as vice-president of this country,
not my elder brother GBM. That position can never be held by him, it
is as simple as that.”
He wondered what politics GBM espoused.
“What policy direction can he give which is in his head? He may not be
incompetent but what we are saying is that let’s not put empty tins in
positions that are key to the development of this country. I am not
wishing comrade Hakainde dead, but if they won this election and he
[Hichilema] died and GBM took over, what policies does he have that
can direct change in this country, change this country for the
better?” Chanda asked. “Totally nothing. So we are saying empty tins
must not be given strategic positions in this country. That is total
failure on the part of comrade Hakainde Hichilema. Already I have seen
a failure in his choice of a running mate. Let’s not play around with
leadership of this country.