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PA­TRI­OTIC Front (PF) me­dia direc­tor, Sun­day Chanda has ac­cepted a chal­lenge to de­bate with UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to dis­prove the lat­ter’s as­ser­tions that he was too cow­ardly to face him. “I have of­fi­cially ac­cepted his chal­lenge so we can put the ‘Dutch Courage’ to the test,” Mr Chanda said in re­ac­tion to a chal­lenge from Mr Hichilema. The UPND leader is­sued the chal­lenge when he fea­tured on a Ra­dio Phoenix live pro­gramme ‘Let the Peo­ple Talk’, on which Mr Chanda phoned in to pose a ques­tion. Though the UPND leader did not an­swer Mr Chanda’s ques­tion, he said, “Sun­day Chanda will run away from this coun­try when UPND forms Gov­ern­ment in 2021 for in­sult­ing me”. This was af­ter Mr Chanda asked Mr Hichilema how bor­row­ing for in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment, such as the con­struc­tion of hos­pi­tals, uni­ver­si­ties, roads and in­vest­ment in en­ergy amounted to "bor­row­ing for con­sump­tion" as he had con­tin­u­ously al­leged on the pro­gramme. But in his an­gry re­sponse, Mr Hichilema ac­cused Mr Chanda, of in­sult­ing him con­tin­u­ously and chal­lenged him to a de­bate if he needed an­swers. “I am im­pressed that Sun­day Chanda has courage to ask me ques­tions. I am very im­pressed with his “Dutch courage”. This means you give your­self courage which you don’t have, yet you are a cow­ard. Sun­day Chanda in­sults me ev­ery sin­gle week, his job is to in­sult HH and that is what I call cow­ardice. “Sun­day Chanda you are a cow­ard, con­front me, meet me, talk to me and let’s de­bate facts. You know that you can­not even stand one minute to de­bate facts with me and you know that, you are hid­ing be­hind the PF,” Mr Hichilema said. He fur­ther warned Mr Chanda that he would run away from Zam­bia when UPND form Gov­ern­ment in 2021 for in­sult­ing him. “Sun­day is a young man who is mess­ing him­self up, in a man­ner that when the PF is out of of­fice, he’ll prob­a­bly run away from this coun­try. But he should learn a les­son from a few peo­ple that were do­ing this to late Pres­i­dent Michael Sata. Peo­ple like Chanda Chimba III (late) who was run­ning Stand up Zam­bia news­pa­per,” he said. Mr Hichilema also ac­cused the PF Gov­ern­ment of theft and claimed that no roads had been built by the rul­ing party. He said all roads were con­structed by the UNIP gov­ern­ment and PF should not take credit for in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment. He said the only road which the PF at­tempted to con­struct was the Leop­ards Hill- Chirundu, which he (Hichilema) said was a failed project. “To­day you are say­ing PF has con­structed more in­fras­truc­ture and roads than UNIP and MMD to­gether, what a lie, what new roads have they con­structed? They’ve only re­paired roads, all these roads were con­structed by Kaunda, “The only road they wanted to con­struct is Leop­ard Hil­lChirundu Road, has that road been com­pleted? That is the only new road they tried to do. They are work­ing on Kaunda’s in­fras­truc­ture who for 27 years bor­rowed far much less of what they have bor­rowed,” Mr Hichilema said.

Hakainde Hi­cilema

Sun­day Chanda

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