PF deputy secretary-general Mumbi Phiri says it is unfortunate that Nawakwi is questioning First Lady Esther Lungu’s charitable works when it is a tradition for spouses of Zambian leaders to help vulnerable people in communities.
She said it is unfair for Nawakwi to continue attacking the first family.
“It is very clear that her target is to attack the first family, which is very unfortunate and wrong,” Phiri said.
She was reacting to a story published in the The Post newspaper in which Nawakwi is quoted as having said the First Lady should stay away from the political arena because she would not enjoy it.
Phiri said Nawakwi should have instead supported the work of her fellow woman instead of engaging in petty politics.
“The First Lady has every right to interact with citizens in any part of the country, contrary to Ms Nawakwi’s insinuations that she should not be doing so,” Phiri said.
“Ms Nawakwi must focus on building her party and offering proper checks and balances and not being petty.”
And PF media and publicity committee vice chairperson Sunday Chanda said the ruling party is shocked by Nawakwi’s diatribe.
He said Nawakwi’s “hypocritical behaviour” is plain for all to see because she is fully aware that the First Lady is not the first and will not be the last one to play the role she is playing among Zambia’s vulnerable.
“She never condemned other former first ladies because there is nothing strange and wrong about the works these mothers did while their respective husbands served as heads of State,” Chanda said.
He said Nawakwi’s behaviour is a clear case of a woman being another woman’s worst enemy. “We are calling on the women movement in the country to reinforce what Mrs Lungu is doing for the poor communities in our country,” said Chanda.