HERITAGE party president Godfrey Miyanda says the PF has persistently lowered the quality of debate of national issues and reduced politics to ‘bus stop noise’.
Commenting on labour minister Fackson Shamenda’s observation that he was still injured, bitter and chocked by the PF’s victory in last year’s general elections following his assessment of the PF in government which he described as a joke, Brig Gen Miyanda advised the government to upgrade the quality of debate so that less informed citizens could benefit from the exchanges.“Yes I may have failed so far, but the greater failure is by Shamenda and his PF team who have persistently lowered the quality of debate of national issues and reduced politics to bus stop noise…In any case my statement was advisory so they are free to take it or leave it. I reiterate what I said in my statement that the days of Shaka Zulu are gone, never to come back. Any government that ignores this will sooner than later find that the carpet has been pulled from under their feet,” Gen Miyanda stated.
He stated that the response Shamenda gave lacked depth and was devoid of substance as he did not answer the issues that were raised.
Gen Miyanda stated that until the government provided a factual response, his clear statement remained solid and unassailed.
“However, I take exception to the unjustified defamatory personal attacks on me. At no time have I ever claimed to be a Man of God and I challenge him, if he is not a liar, to name the day and time and place where I made such a claim.
I am not a malicious person nor do I harbour hatred against those who have offended or mistreated me, as evidenced by my preventing the hounding out of Dr Kenneth Kaunda from State House by some in PF now who were bent on retribution. I pleaded to let Dr Kaunda stay a little longer in State House and I found an alternative residence for Dr Chiluba to facilitate a smooth transfer of power,” he stated.
Gen Miyanda stated that in his statement, he did not discuss the performance of his party but the PF.
“As for my failure I accept that fact without reservation and will work on all the weaknesses that the Heritage Party has identified. I accept my failure to convince Zambians that their village is their first step and gateway towards their independence and prosperity.
But I am disappointed that Honourable Shamenda is ashamed, like many Zambians, of his village yet he moves around with his National Registration Card in his pocket, proudly displaying the name of his village and his chief! If the PF believe that the village is a simplistic matter then they do not deserve to be in government,” he stated.
Gen Miyanda advised Shamenda and the PF to learn to receive ideas and analyse them without emotion.
On the size of the membership of the Heritage Party, Gen Miyanda stated: “I want to advise Mr Shamenda and his team that what was big yesterday will become small tomorrow and what is small today will be big tomorrow. None of us can predict the future with certainty. Let him laugh at me today; tomorrow is another day.”