Govt challenges Chipimo Jr on early election calls

Elias Chipimo, NAREP
Elias Chipimo, NAREP

Government is not happy with recent calls by opposition leaders to call for early elections.

Chief government Spokesperson, Joseph Katema, says government is concerned with the growing number of unreasonable and unsubstantiated statements coming from opposition party leaders.

Dr Katema, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said although Zambia was a democratic country where people were free to express themselves, the freedom of speech exercised by party leaders should carry substance.

He said this following the recent veiled attacks on his President Michael Sata by NAREP President, Elias Chipimo Jr, to call for early elections because the President is going through hardships, fatigued and stressed with the burden of running the country.

Dr Katema has challenged Mr Chipimo to announce when he graduated from a medical school and engaged to ascertain the President’s health.

He stated that there will be no early elections hence he should wait for 2016 because President Sata is not fatigued but focused on ensuring the promises he made to people are achieved, adding that no amount of detraction from any political leader will change the President’s resolve.

He pointed out that people were able to see change in the country not only in infrastructural development but also in the mature manner the country is being run.

Dr Katema said opposition leaders should know that their words have a direct reflection on their characters and if they engage in character assassination as their prime move of their agendas the electorates they seek votes from will be alienated from them.

He, however, said it cannot be disputed that Mr Chipimo has issued constructive statements in the past but has currently run out of ideas and believes his biggest asset is the issue of age.