United party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has urged fellow politicians to stop dividing the peaceful and united people of Zambia for the sake of selfish political benefits, government appointments and contracts.
Mr Hichilema says it is unacceptable to always resort to undesirable labels such as ethnicity against opponents each time a party loses an argument in the political debate arena.
He says poverty and hunger as a result of a badly managed economy does not choose one’s origins, but
affects all the people equally.
Mr Hichilema says it defeats the spirit of ‘One Zambia, One nation, One People for someone to demonise those that voted for the UPND on the Copperbelt, Northern, Luapula and Eastern Provinces in the 20th January presidential election and label them as traitors for believing in the UPND messages.
He states that while the UPND might have shortcomings, the party still has superior messages and better solutions for the country.
Mr Hichilema also wondered how the UPND’s main competitors in the election expected to get votes in the regions they never campaigned.
He says based on the postmortem and lessons for the 2015 elections, the UPND is again embarking on the same journey of thanking and uniting people all over the country as they amplify their messages.