UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was today put to shame after he failed to justify his claims that ZAFFICO has been sold.
The UPND leader who featured on HOT FM today to clarify his falsehoods that sparked riots in Kitwe unashamedly could not refuse spreading lies that the forestry company had been sold but quickly jumped to say that his false announcement was not the ignitor of the riots.
Interviewer: Mr Hichilema you did clearly say that ZAFFICO has been sold to the Chinese Nationals what is your take on that.
HH: I did not incite anybody to riot, let’s state that very clear. My position is that I incited nobody to riot. What is true is that citizens are aware of what is going on in the country. They are aware of the ZNBC situation…… (Hichilema went on dodging the direct question)
But the persistent reporter asked.
Interviewer: So where did you get that information that ZAFFICO has been sold? Government has stated that it has not been sold but you went on to state on that interview (On Sun FM) that it had been sold to Chinese Nationals.
HH: I did not incite anybody, I did not incite anybody at all…
Interviewer: But then again we just want to find out the evidence you have because you went on the radio a a leader and stated that [ZAFFICO] had been sold to Chinese nationals.
HH: I did not incite anybody at all Zambians are aware of what is going on in the country they are aware of the ZNBC situation…. [Hichilema went on sounding like a broken record avoiding the main question.]
Interviewer: Mr. Hichilema not to cut you short …. [Hichilema interrupts]
HH: What we need to find are the solutions affecting the Zambians, blaming Hakainde for failed rains… we must find solutions.
Interviewer: Well Mr. Hichilema we are trying to get something out of you here, you did state on that interview that ZAFFICO has been sold to Chinese. We want to find out from you, you are a leader where did you get the information that ZAFFICO has been sold. What are the facts you have with regards to that?
HH: Mwakalombe on that radio said I incited people, I did not incite people.
Interviewer: We hear you, you did not incite people but where are you getting your facts, you are a leader and you know people react differently to such information and that is the reason they started rioting. We have the clip we have listened to the clip where you are saying that ZAFFICO has been sold to Chinese nationals by saying so we do believe you are a leader…
In his rhetoric HH then went on to suggest that he may have gotten the information from social media, a very dangerous move for a leader. He said using his intelligence on social media he deciphered that ZAFFICO has issues already.
Interviewer: In wrapping up why did you go on that radio then and state that ZAFFICO has been sold to Chinese nationals.
HH: Madam, Madam, madam those are you opinions you seem to be opinioned.
Interviewer: It is not my opinion it is a statement you said as a leader you go on radio and say ZAFFICO has been sold to our hope is you have your facts right.
HH: I am giving you my opinion I did not incite anybody that should be the subject of discussion, you should not interrogate me on that matter, hear my opinion then take it or leave it.