By: Bright Chikele
IT IS immoral for UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to defend criminality by sympathising with the Post newspaper over its accrued debt simply because his party is desperate for coverage, the Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) has charged.
And the ZRP has lambasted members of the international community pressuring Government to re-open the Post newspaper accusing them of being insincere by promoting criminality which would not be tolerated in their countries.
ZRP president Wright Musoma said it was shocking that Mr. Hichilema, who is aspiring to lead the country, could be at the forefront of defending those who were evading tax while turning a blind eye to the fact that servicing the national budget depended on tax.
Mr. Musoma charged that Mr. Hichilema’s ultimatum was baseless, aimed at attaining cheap political mileage and illogical, adding that his seemingly good relationship with the Post newspaper was due to the coverage he was enjoying which he thought would help him win elections.
He said Zambians must reject people who were defending criminality at the expense of their welfare because Mr. Hichilema’s defence of the Post was purely out of personal gain and total disregard of the implications of tax evasion by the tabloid.