It’s stupid to say am politicking Vespers’ funeral – HH

By Staff Reporter

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema says it is stupid for anyone to suggest that I am politicking the death and funeral of late 4th year University of Zambia student, Vespers Shimuzhila.

Some social media platforms have suggested that HH was using Vespers’ death for political mileage when he attended her funeral service at University of Zambia SDA church.

Speaking to journalists on Monday morning at the Seventh Day Adventist church service in Lusaka, Hichilema said his conscience was clear as he was not responsible for the death of Vespers.

He said it was shameful for the PF government and their propagandists to try and shift the blame for the death of Vespers when they should be providing counsel and leadership to pacify the tension the brutality had caused in the country.

“To say that HH is politicking the death of Unza student is the most stupid thing, HH is not responsible for teargassing the rooms for students, the people responsible are Inspector General of police, the Minister and Edgar Lungu,” said Hichilema

Hichilema assured that his party if it formed government would never allow such brutality against its own people.

“The next thing am not responsible for is that I did not instruct the police to go and kill students, the people responsible are Inspector General of police, the minister and Edgar. Zambians do not need teargas, they don’t need bullets, what they need is meal allowances, food on their table, and they need jobs and that requires quality leadership,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hichilema has expressed disappointment with the continuous unprofessional conduct by the Zambia police in the country.

He said that it was disheartening to note that the PF government leaders were out to enrich themselves instead of responding to the many challenges the people were facing.

“Why do you want to shift blame to others? Am afraid people will suffer more, but they have to remain strong as time will come when all this will come to an end, it’s sad to lose a young promising life like that due to failure by people in leadership to respond to student needs,” he charged.

“Demonstration cannot end in universities, they just have to find ways of responding to challenges the students have been going through,” he said.