THE UPND would emerge as the most corrupt and violent ruling party Zambia has ever had going by the number of corruption scandals which have sucked in some high-ranking government and senior party officials in no more than two years in office,’’ Frank Bwalya has said.
Mr Bwalya said, apart from being inundated by corruption allegations, the UPND could turn out be the most violent party because their cadres had largely ignored calls from the party hierarchy, including warning massages from President Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr Bwalya, the Socialist Party spokesperson is claiming that the UPND cadres had become fully grown architects of violence, while their leaders were either condemning such conduct or had failed to take appropriate action to curb the vice.
Mr Bwalya was reacting to a recently leaked video in which more information has been emerged on the Sugilite scandal including the names of the people involved.
“These guys (UPND) will be corrupt and violent just like we have seen because that is the reason THEY wanted to get into government to access these resources.’’ Mr Bwalya said
Mr Bwalya said the UPND shall not continue to fool Zambians and make them believe in its leadership which has failed to find a lasting solution to the problems of drugs in hospitals and the challenges facing the agriculture and mining sectors
He said poverty and hunger had worsened in communities because of the UPND’s capitalist policies where the poor had continued to get poorer, while the rich were getting richer.
He said the Socialist Party and other opposition parties shall not stop criticising President Hichilema and his UPND until a stage was set for poverty alleviation by reducing mealie meal and fuel they promised would be cheaper.
He said President Hichilema should find solutions to the problems and challenges the country was facing as opposed to undertaking endless international trips which Zambians were not benefiting from.
Mr Bwalya said hospitals had continued operating without essential medicines and other medical supplies while the two giant mining companies, the Konkola Copper Mines) KCM) and Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) were on the verge of closure.
“The mining and agriculture sector continue to be in disarray. Yes, in disarray because, in the agriculture sector, there are scandals, while the mining sector is also disorganised thereby threatening the economy of the Copperbelt
“In the face of this, President Hichilema and his administration continues to brag that they are the best government ever. President Hichilema has not achieved anything from the time he was elected apart from improving his foreign travels Mr Bwaya said.
He said the Socialist Party Zambia has constantly reminded President Hichilema to honour his election campaign promises of affordable mealie meal, fuel and generally improved lives of the majority poverty-stricken Zambians