Two opposition party leaders Nevers Mumba of the MMD and Hakainde Hichilema of the UPND have vowed not to be part of the independence celebrations that will be taking place at state house on Wednesday 24th October, 2012.
In accounting for his decision not to attend the independence celebrations, Dr. Nevers Mumba characterized the PF government as one that had literally failed to give an ear to the voice of the opposition and that as such it would be increasingly difficult to work with the ruling party.
The MMD leader’s views are coming in the wake of the friction that he has had with the PF government’s extension of an olive branch to MMD legislators to serve under the executive arm of government. ZIN has further learnt that the hostility being exhibited by the former ruling party currently is aimed at purely communicating their disgust about the appointment of their MPs which is widely perceived as aimed at weakening and obliterating the former ruling party from the nation’s political landscape.
Hakainde Hichilema has on the other hand rubbished the idea of being at state house and sharing a cake when the majority of Zambians are wallowing in abject poverty. The UPND leader has contended that it would be hypocritical for leaders to gather around exclusive national events at the expense of the suffering of the country.
The strong actions taken by the leaders of the two largest opposition political parties have however drawn sharp criticism from chief government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni who has expressly branded their absconding decision as one occasioned by their lack of patriotism for national issues and perfect evidence that the opposition have a lot to learn before they can be given serious consideration by the Zambian electorate.
Credit: Zambian Intelligent News