Sata is victimising me for my wealth I worked for – HH

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has responded to President Michael Sata’s releasing of a document of his wealth which is alleged to have been ‘stolen’ according to the president.

Hichilema who was responding to this matter for the first time after a document was released on Tuesday this week said the release of his confidential business documents to the media was victimization.

He was speaking when he drummed up support for the UPND candidate in Mpongwe.

The UPND leader said he has worked so hard for the wealth he has and wondered why this has been a source of concern with President Sata.

“Why is the president so scared about Hakainde, why should he be castigating businesses that I have worked for ever since I was 25 years and now I am 50 years old, I have never worked in the government, this is an act of victimization,” said Hichilema who according to the last elections declarations he is the riches politician.

Addressing dozens of Mpongwe residents ahead of the February 28 poll, HH promissed that his party is committed to develop the area and Zambia as a whole.

“Our party is committed to bring development to your door steps, as I talk to you some of you have not yet received top dressing fertilizer and your crops have gone to ruin. Namulambe was MMD MP and the PF called him a thief for stealing hammer-mills they took him to court and now they are fielding a thief to stand on their ticket, what kind of reasoning is this?” Hichilema asked a huge crowd that attended his meeting at Munkumpu and St. Anthony areas.

At the same rally, former Kankoyo PF parliamentarian Percy Chanda who has joined UPND described Hichilema as a progressive and concerned leader whom he said had abandoned his comfort in Lusaka to campaign with the grassroots while ‘other leaders have remained in Lusaka or are too ill to come to Mpongwe.’

Meanwhile PF candidate and former MP for the area Gabriel Namulambe is said to be talking of petitioning the outcome of the Mpongwe by-election even before elections have taken place.

All participating parties have expressed optimism that they will scoop the seat. I