Real leaders show up – Dipak

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Presidents 1Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Campaign Manager Dipak Patel has lashed out at ruling Patriotic Front (PF) President Edgar Lungu over his decision to shun the presidential debate held Thursday evening at Mulungushi International Conference center.

The debate, which featured UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema, Movement for Multi-party Democracy’s Nevers Mumba, Forum for Democracy and Development’s Edith Nawakwi, Green Party’s Peter Sinkamba and National Restoration Party’s Elias Chipimo Jr., has been widely hailed as a success by a cross section of opinion leaders and members of the public.

In a statement released to the media today, Patel accused Lungu of showing disregard for the people he is seeking to lead by refusing to defend his party’s three-year tenure and avail their plans for the next two years for public scrutiny.

Below is his full statement:

Debate is the cornerstone of any democracy, if leaders refuse to expose themselves to public scrutiny we end up with no accountability. The PF have shown their disregard for the public by refusing to debate the numerous issues that have plagued their short tenure or their vision for the next 2 years. Not only once, but twice.

Edgar Lungu’s absence is unsurprising and further indicates his disregard for not only the democratic process but for the public at large. You cannot be a man of the people if your not man enough to address the people.

With 4 days to go Mr Lungu is still to clearly set out his vision for the country and open himself up to questions. His reluctance to expose that lack of vision on TV and radio makes him appear scared of the other candidates. If you cannot hold your own in a forum amongst your fellow candidates then you clearly do not deserve to be President.

Leaders face up to responsibilities, they expose themselves to public scrutiny and they have to stand by past decisions, whether they’re bad or good. Accountability is a by-product of debate and integral to a healthy democracy, without scrutiny parties are left unchallenged and the status quo maintains itself, at the expense of the people.

We have challenged Lungu to debate and yet he still does not show. Lungu’s unwillingness to defend his party on a national platform is worrying to say the least and is indicative of a government that has no vision and little concern with accountability.

Dipak Patel

UPND Campaign Manager

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10 Responses to Real leaders show up – Dipak

  1. Why do I sense that UPND still feels unfulfilled even after their much published Debate organized by their Proxy – MUVI TV. Lungu Efintu. PF just continue engaging the grassroots who are the real voters.

    Akamunofu Kalowa
    January 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm
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    • BA DIPAK, I THINK YOU HAVE BECOME SO USELESS TO THE ZAMBIANS POLITICS. DONT YOU KNOW THAT EDGAR WAS MEETING VOTERS AS WELL, REMEMBER HE STARTED HIS CAMPAING LATE THAN YOUR HH. THEREFORE IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR HIM TO REACH EVERY PART OF ZAMBIA TO DISCUSS WITH THEM, JUST LIKE YOUR HH WAS DISCUSSING WITH YOU AND OTHER VOTE DURING THE DEBATE ON MUVI TV.

      Hastings Moono
      January 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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  2. Zambian’s, ever so gullible or peacefull as they want to think. Just look at the first 2 comments! Anyway we should not be surprised by lungu’s behaviour, he warned us that he will only be there to implement sata’s vision which we all know was to be dismissive of the electorate….. Just ignore them not worthy of a press conference just promise them manner and you are home and dry. Sata really did his homework on studying the Zambians psyche. Some people mistakenly refer to this as his political genius. No it’s not , it is fiendish to say the least

    webman
    January 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm
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  3. Zambian citizens will not vote for useless person like lungu who shuns to interact with the voters. He’ll never win this election.

    D Mwansabemba
    January 16, 2015 at 6:17 pm
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  4. I hope Mr. Patel knows that the purpose of UPND’s participation in the debate was for HH to explain himself and his ideas to the electorate – repeat – to the electorate (ECL is just one vote).

    Adviser
    January 16, 2015 at 6:41 pm
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  5. That debate conducted by UpND Muvi TV honestly you think Edgar is dull? He’s a clever guy you can’t stand with him on the same platform. You wanted to use your Muvi kadoli to gain votes sorry. Did Muvi kadoli ask HH about satanism? Why did he? You see why its under 5 stuff Lungu is beyond that. Shame on you Dipak. You are very desperate indeed but you know your fate already.

    Nsaka
    January 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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  6. #Hastings Moono-You are dull and a riffraff just like the coward EL himself, ask yourself, who was not busy among all the candidates who attended? Just admit that your EL is a scared cat, I wonder why and how he has managed to brain wash you, a man who campaigns in vernacular with no guts to face up to the people when called upon.

    #Nsaka, do not be silly chi colour iwe, was he not the same Edgar who shunned the first debate which was organised by one of his mouth piece-ZNBC? Your EL is an empty vessel with nothing to offer to the public and Zambians voting for him will be a grave mistake because he is simply a ‘time bomb’

    Jombi
    January 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm
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  7. A ‘Chick-hen’ ,yes that is what Edgar is.How is he going to debate issues at international fora? Some bloggers are even supporting his cowardice!K Sampa could have done better.

    Mule
    January 17, 2015 at 8:00 am
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  8. All The People With Tv Sets Know Edger Lungu, And Muvi Tv Is Not Everywhere. Why Waste Time On People Who Know You When There Are So Many Who Dont Know You When You Dont Even Have Enough Time. Edger Is Smart, He Knows They Just Want To Slow Him Down. He Will Attend Your Debates After The Elections, Bring Them. We Are Busy Talking To The Massive Electorates. Stage Another Debate On Sunday Or Monday He Wont Come, But Edger Is Going To State House. Get That In Your Thick Heads Upnd. Ifintu Ni Lungu.

    Mula
    January 17, 2015 at 9:05 am
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  9. PLIZ DONT VOTE FOR PEOPLE LIKE LUNGU “CHAKOLWA” DEBATES ARE VERY IMPORTANT A DEMOCRACY FOR CANDIDATES TO TELL THE PIPO OF ZAMBIA WHAT THEY WOULD DO TNE COUNTRY. LUNGU IS USELESS AND FAILURE

    george
    January 17, 2015 at 9:31 am
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