Mukuni mis­lead­ing HH

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By BEN­NIE MUNDANDO

…this is why he has failed to win the hearts of many Zam­bians

IT IS peo­ple like Se­nior Chief Mukuni who have made the UPND re­main in op­po­si­tion be­cause of poor ad­vice and the tribal in­cli­na­tion which he has failed to forego de­spite be­ing a tra­di­tion leader, for­mer Lua­pula Prov­ince youth chair­per­son Muma Chib­waya has charged. Mr. Chib­waya said as long as the UPND con­tin­ued flirt­ing with tra­di­tional lead­ers like Se­nior Chief Mukuni whose po­lit­i­cal dis­course anal­y­sis did not go be­yond his per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests, UPND would re­main in the op­po­si­tion. He said while it was true that ad­vi­sors in the UPND were in short sup­ply, it was sui­ci­dal for the party to adopt Se­nior Chief Mukuni as its god­fa­ther and main ad­vi­sor. He had done more harm than good to the party through his con­tin­ued at­tacks on Gov­ern­ment which he was sup­posed to work with with­out at­tach­ing par­ti­san in­ter­ests. He said in­stead of be­ing a uni­fy­ing fac­tor, Se­nior Chief Mukuni had now be­came a dan­ger to the na­tion and that if left unchecked, his po­lit­i­cal stance could plunge the coun­try into re­gional dis­in­te­gra­tion as other chief­doms which had re­mained non-par­ti­san, might be forced to take sides on na­tional af­fairs. “We must all be wor­ried with the po­lit­i­cal stance taken by Se­nior Chief Mukuni as this will not only di­vide us fur­ther as Zam­bians, but will spell an end to the dig­nity that is sup­posed to be ac­corded to him by not only his sub­jects but the Zam­bians at large. It is sad that in­stead of act­ing as a uni­fy­ing fac­tor like the rest of his col­leagues, he is now be­hav­ing like a full time politi­cian. “He has failed to take a non-par­ti­san stance on na­tional mat­ters es­pe­cially on is­sues that af­fect the UPND and this is where the UPND is also los­ing it be­cause they think they can ride on his pop­u­lar­ity as a chief to win elec­tions with­out re­al­is­ing that it is this same stance which has made them fail to win elec­tions,” Mr Chib­waya said. He said Se­nior Chief Mukuni was bit­ter with the PF gov­ern­ment not be­cause there was any­thing wrong it had done to him, but be­cause he was rel­ish­ing the UPND be­ing in power for per­sonal gain and not na­tional de­vel­op­ment and that it was the same bit­ter­ness that was now chock­ing him.

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