Lungu's stance on development unacceptable - Zambian opposition

2016-07-21 16:20
Edgar Lungu (File: AFP)

Edgar Lungu (File: AFP)

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Lusaka – Zambian President Edgar Lungu's intention to only develop areas that voted for his party was divisive, an opposition leader has said.

"This reveals a lack of understanding and respect of multi-party democracy," United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema said, according to a report in the Lusaka Times on Thursday.

"Coming from a sitting head of state, such statements can even be read as an attempt to blackmail voters."

The UPND leader was reacting to Lungu's statement that the Patriotic Front-led government would prioritise development in the areas where he received the most votes during elections in August.

In the four-and-a-half years it had been in power, the Patriotic Front started development projects even in areas where it lost, as it believed in the spirit of "One Zambia, One nation", Lungu said.

"In all fairness, we have to revisit that policy and now focus on areas where we are supported," Lungu was quoted as saying.

Hichilema said Lungu was discouraging national unity. An elected president should represent each and every citizen.

News24 reported that Lungu said his administration had tried to develop all areas of Zambia in its first term in office, but this approach disadvantaged areas where the party was most popular. He had been president since January 2015.

Hichilema previously urged Lungu to put an end to what he called his oppressive tendencies. He told Lungu the world was "closely watching" him.

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