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UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, yes­ter­day lied on ra­dio in an at­tempt to pour scorn on Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu. He told his ra­dio Phoenix au­di­ence that Tan­za­nian Pres­i­dent, John Magu­fuli, trav­elled to New York by econ­omy while Pres­i­dent Lungu hired a char­tered air­craft. This was a lie. Lusaka Prov­ince Pa­tri­otic Front youth chair­per­son Kennedy Kamba re­vealed that Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli did not travel to New York be­cause of the ferry dis­as­ter in that coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to Mr Kamba, HH also lied that the £ 2.7 Mil­lion So­cial Cash Trans­fer money was not in a ZANACO ac­count as claimed by gov­ern­ment. “This again is a lie be­cause a bank state­ment to val­i­date the in­for­ma­tion was pub­lished in the Daily Na­tion,” Mr Kamba said. Mr. Hichilema, speak­ing on Ra­dio Phoenix yes­ter­day, ac­cused gov­ern­ment of hid­ing the real debt it had con­tracted, say­ing the ac­tual amount owed was over US$ 17 mil­lion and in­sisted that the debt was un­sus­tain­able. He ac­cused Gov­ern­ment of pur­pose­fully bor­row­ing money for cap­i­tal projects in in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment be­cause that was the loop­hole it was us­ing to syphon such funds by ex­or­bi­tantly in­flat­ing the cost and pock­et­ing the dif­fer­ence. He fur­ther said that the US$ 2.7 mil­lion meant for so­cial cash trans­fer which had raised con­tro­versy was not in any Zanaco Bank ac­count as claimed by gov­ern­ment say­ing the money had been mis­ap­plied. He then turned his anger on PF me­dia di­rec­tor Sun­day Chanda whom he de­scribed as a cow­ard who only ex­hib­ited Dutch courage. But speak­ing to the Daily Na­tion, Mr. Kamba said Mr. Hichilema was be­ing eco­nom­i­cal with truth be­cause he had po­si­tioned him­self to be used as a cat’s pawn to ad­vance an anti-China agenda spon­sored by some Western coun­tries which were scared of the Chi­nese in­vest­ment prow­ess. He said Mr. Hichilema had a ten­dency of speak­ing with con­vic­tion even on is­sues he had no idea about be­cause he was sur­rounded by ig­no­rant in­di­vid­u­als who were feed­ing him with raw and un­ver­i­fied in­for­ma­tion. “We ac­tu­ally ex­pect more of such from him es­pe­cially now that his Western al­lies are fund­ing a vi­cious anti-Chi­nese cam­paign in Zam­bia in their bid to purge them out since they can­not match the eco­nomic prow­ess of China. “Mr. Hichilema will con­tinue in­sult­ing the PF Gov­ern­ment at any slight­est given op­por­tu­nity be­cause he has to im­press his pay­mas­ters and also try to stay rel­e­vant in pol­i­tics in Zam­bia,” Mr Kamba said. And Mr Chanda, PF Me­dia Di­rec­tor, said he has ac­cepted the chal­lenge and was ready to de­bate Mr Hichilema to test his courage.

Mr. Hichilema

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