Handshakes are not mandatory – UPND

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The opposition UPND says people condemning its leader Hakainde Hichilema for failing to shake hands with President Edgar Lungu at the SDA function at Heroes stadium last Saturday are being unfair.

Party Deputy Spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo said in a statement that those condemning Mr. Hichilema should realize that greeting the Head of State is not constitutional and mandatory.

Mr. Lifwekelo said both President Lungu and Mr. Hichilema’s protocol officers failed them as they did not advise them correctly.

‘When President Lungu kneels before in front of traditional chiefs, it is not a sign of weakness and it does not make him less important. It’s just a sign of respect, however at Heroes Stadium, President Lungu’s protocol offices failed him because they were supposed to lead him to greet the invited guests although he was also invited,’ Mr Lifwekelo said.

He said FDD leader President Nawakwi and former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa including many others just used their initiatives to greet the Head of State at the function which should not be the case.

‘Late President Sata used his initiate to greet opposition leaders especially at funeral church gatherings and there was nothing wrong with that. What is disheartening is that President Lungu never even recognized the presence of opposition leaders in his speech compounding the situation and I blame the advisers,’ Mr Lifwekelo said.

He added, ‘President Lungu missed an opportunity to heal and reconcile the nation as Head of State especially that not long ago the PF leadership at the same stadium in full view of President Lungu and his counterpart Robert Mugabe demonized UPND and President Hakainde Hichilema by dressing a dog in a UNPD attire and to date the PF leadership has never tendered an apology, not even the Church stood up to condemn the act.’

Mr Lifwekelo said the PF and the Head of State must first recognize that the opposition leaders have a role to play in the governance of the country’s affairs and in return opposition leaders will give the Head of State space to govern.

‘Even a dog when it realizes the owner does not like it, it will always run and hide until the owner gives it respect, sometimes it even bites the owner.’


7 Responses to Handshakes are not mandatory – UPND

  1. UPND says handshakes are not mandatory. Yes they are not mandatory but very Zambian. That is how we stay in Zambia. When you meet a colleague you have not met for sometime even a day, you greet them by hand if they are within arms length. And for a president such as Edgar Lungu who would not want to greet him? Only an immature politician like HH.

    Political Analyst
    April 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  2. sometimes it even bites the owner! kikikikiki…especially if the owner is cruel! The head of state was supposed to greet people including HH if he is head of state for all people. sometimes I wonder why those who are wrong are the ones who start condemning others! is it being clever???? or is the adage of shaking dirty linen??

    April 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  3. Is it a big sin not to shock hands, with Lungu.
    We want real issues, of power black out, ifi efintu, give a break to our presiden HH

    John kabengele
    April 29, 2015 at 7:16 pm

  4. Ne fishili fyakulakilapo! Zambian politics are rubbish

    Cheetah Pan Qoi
    April 29, 2015 at 11:27 pm

  5. There was NO basis of Panga Family to make this shaking of hands an issue. Edgar Lungu hates HH and he even promised to wipe him together with us his followers during his campaign in Kapili poshi. Just to remind some fools who want always to find something negative in humble and focused leaders like Hakainde Hichilema, during the funeral of Micheal Chilufya Sata, HH went humbly and consoled, comforted Edgar Chagwa Lungu but the poor charp did not see sense in whatever HH did to him and Sata family, including the entire Panga Family leadership. HH did contribute materially and spiritual streagth to these ungreatfull batch of lies, corrupt, greed and selfish politicians who are busy destroying our economy during and after Sata’s death. Today you go in public and denounce HH. By the way all of these political figures were just invited by our Seventh Day Church leaders who I believe welcomed them well and HH could not risk his life by greating the man who prounounced death to him and his UPND supporters to which already some have already been killed at the hands of PF leaders. For now what we need is development which will lead to a common man enjoy life just like Edgar Lungu is ejoying having enough to eat, take their children to school, have access to good medical treatment, have clean water, enough electricity, have good jobs, and having fair environment to run business.

    April 30, 2015 at 6:45 am

  6. What’s wrong with you PF?your president LUNGU was suppose to greet the people he found not the other way round,why do you hate UPND/HH ?just deliver to the people you have just failed remember when HH said I will reduce the price of mealie meal LUNGU said me too you can go on.president of shopping mall following RB’ foot step,come 2016 VOTE UPND/ HH

    April 30, 2015 at 7:46 am

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