LUSAKA – PF acting President Given Lubinda said President Hakainde Hichilema was so desperate to win the seats of Kabushi and Kwacha in Thursday’s by-elections that he had abandoned the role of governing the country to wage campaigns for door to door.
Lubinda accused President Hichilema of invading Kabushi and Kwacha while the PF High Court case against the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was pending in order to intimidate the judges handling the case.
“Whether these elections take place or not, the truth of the matter is we shall not stop fighting for the rights of Bowman Lusambo and the rights of Malanji. We shall fight until the day we are vindicated.
“To give up the fight is to be willing to be governed under a dictatorial system. We must show that we are going to stop Hakainde when he wants to misrule us. We shall resist,” he said.
Lubinda spoke shortly after the hearing in a case in which former ministers Joseph Malanji and Bowman Lusambo asked the High Court to order ECZ to suspend nominations for Kwacha and Kabushi on August 25 and hold new nominations.
The pair also asked the court to declare null and void the decision of the ECZ to ban them from running in the by-elections.
“I know that President Hakainde is under such pressure that Kabushi and Kwacha have become more important than the nation of Zambia that he has decided to abandon the government of this country to fight side by side in Kabushi and Kwacha.
“The position for which he applied for is the number one job in the country, to govern the country. Now he has decided to go galloping because it’s easier to go door to door and not say anything,” Lubinda said.