FDD leader Edith Nawakwi says it is impossible for any political party to work with UPND under the leadership of Hakainde Hichilema because the man is selfish and has an ego.
But UPND deputy spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa has advised Nawakwi to concentrate on building what he called ‘the declining FDD’ instead of attacking Hichilema.
Nawakwi (right) said Hichilema had a singular belief that he was better than anyone else for the leadership of the country.
She revealed that Hichilema’s ego dated back to 2006, where he wanted to field all the 150 candidates across the country even though they were in an alliance of a tripartite nature, where it was agreed that FDD, UPND and UNIP should field 50 candidates each.
“But by the time I turned around, they even attempted to take seats where we were even most popular, like you remember Nkana. You remember, Mr Kazabu was very popular. He should have been in Parliament way back in 2006. They even wanted to get rid of a candidate like for Chasefu, the vice-president of FDD. Some of our councillors had to go out and stand on United Liberal Party. That is how self-opinionated and selfish the young man is. He is a highly self- constituted, self-opinionated and selfish individual. He does not look at the broader picture of the common good; he looks at his symbol. What drives him is his status and his ego to be big, if ego is not a big word itself,” she said.
Nawakwi advised MMD to go ahead and field their candidate in Mufumbwe because Hichilema was not someone who was considerate of other people’s opinion.
“His ego is bigger than his courage, it stems from his singular belief that he is better than anyone else in the leadership of this country as far as his leadership concerned. Hakainde believes that, and its correct maybe to believe that maybe one day he will be President, but his ego is larger than the office he is seeking. This issue about fielding candidates in Mufumbwe, MMD should just go ahead, if they want to field a candidate. If they wait for Hakainde, they will be disappointed,” she said.
She advised MMD leader Nevers Mumba to seek advice from people that had worked with Hichilema in the past so that he could have a clear picture of the individual he was dealing with.
“So, Dr Nevers Mumba, for all I care let me advise my brother, he should ask me. I will advise him that a lion can’t go in the same den with a hyena, they are both jungle animals. They can’t sleep in the same den, a lion has its own den and even the birds have their own nests. But to think that he has won an alliance with Hakainde! He should ask us who have been in alliance with Hakainde. It’s not a new story and we are fed up of this story about alliances. Alliances with Hakainde! It will never work. Can’t people learn from the past?” asked Nawakwi.
She also advised Mumba to consult former president Rupiah Banda on the behaviour of Hichilema.
“Maybe he (Mumba) should even consult Tilyenji Kaunda. He was very close to Hakainde during the alliance,” said Nawakwi. “So when I read stories from my elder brother Pastor Nevers Mumba urging HH to do the rightful thing over Mufumbwe, I say to myself, ‘what a joke’,” said Nawakwi.
Nawakwi was commenting on the differences between MMD and UPND on who should field a parliamentary candidate in Mufumbwe.
But Mweetwa said many Zambians did not take Nawakwi seriously on the political front because she was just one of the ordinary citizens who was trying to continue to drink from the cup of past glory.
“Instead of her continuing to talk about HH, we would like her to explain how she managed to auction a party that was big with a lot of members of parliament and reduced that party to only one MP now. The people are interested to know. She has been attacking HH on depleting UPND. What about herself,”
Mweetwa said UPND had not yet made a decision on the Mufumbwe seat as they were still consulting with stakeholders.
“For now she lacks the moral higher ground. In the time when we had an alliance with the FDD, the moment the campaign flagged off, she went underground. She was undermining HH. That is why HH performed badly. For Mufumbwe we haven’t sat with our various stakeholders. The only clear picture from the last elections is that UPND is firm on the ground,” said Mweetwa.