Zambia: UPND Insist On Television Debate Between Pres. Lungu and Hichilema

The opposition United Party for National Development have thrown the challenge to President Edgar Lungu to engage in a live debate on national television with the Patriotic Front saying it will not expose its leader to negative energy.

And UPND vice president, in charge of politics, Dr Canisius Banda said the referendum is an illegal activity.

Featuring on Radio Phoenix’s Special Interview, Dr Banda said President Lungu was scared of a live debate as he would be outsmarted.

He said live debates were healthy in a civilized democracy among candidates to give the electorates clear insight on what each party offered.

“Let us have a live debate on national television with Lungu attending, Hichilema is ready. Bring all the other candidates and let people be the judge,” he said.

However, in a swift emailed response PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya said the PF would expose President Lungu to Hichilema as he was bitter and fronted a know it all attitude.

Bwalya alleged that Hichilema was parroting some economic fundamentals to appear learned.

Dr Banda said the PF was scared of being put on the spot for allegedly having run down the country.

On the referendum Dr Banda said it should not have taken place at all.

“We should not be having it this time around because it is deceptive. It is wrong and

should never have happened in the first place,” he said.

However, in a mixed signal kind of sentiment, Dr Banda said the UPND supports the bill of rights leaving listeners hanging on the party’s true position on the referendum is.

Dr Banda said the UPND government will have free education up to grade 12 with tertiary education being offered on a student loan basis.

He said Hichilema will donate his presidential salary toward an education fund for young people.

Dr Banda said the Electoral Commission of Zambia had suspended campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala as they had felt wind of change.

Source: Zambia Reports