PRESIDENT Michael Sata has lashed out at United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema and described his style of politics as 'destructive'.
President Sata wondered why Mr Hichilema always spoke with a sense of destruction and a gossip tone.
The Head of State said this in a statement released by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations George Chellah.
"But our comfort and strength lies in the Zambian people's awareness that Mr Hichilema is a bad political investment for his followers as well as a clueless political disaster bent on deliberately misleading the country," he said.
The President's remarks come in the wake of Mr Hichilema's recent outbursts in which he claimed that there was instability in the governance system of the country. Mr Hichilema on Thursday asked UPND Members of Parliament (MPs) to denounce President Sata in Parliament on what he termed a poor governance system.
Mr Sata, however, said Mr Hichilema's mainstay line of attack lately was that of agitation for discontent.
"We know that the most difficult test for any leader is dealing with the aftermath of an electoral defeat. Therefore, Mr Hichilema is too angry to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.
"He is so frustrated and when anger transforms into fully-blown rage, judgement and thinking becomes impaired and people are more likely to do and say unreasonable and irrational things. So let's understand Mr Hichilema from that perspective," he said.
Mr Sata reaffirmed his Government's commitment to dialogue with various well-meaning stakeholders on key national issues.