Lawyer for United Party for National Development Mulambo Haimbe has said public perception that UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema is a closed person and not welcoming to people are not true.

Speaking on the Hot Seat Program on Hot FM yesterday, the UPND aspiring candidate for Lusaka Central Constituency Haimbe said Mr. Hichilema was a humble and ordinary person with a passion for Zambia and its people.

“I have had the benefit of knowing the President (HH) personally. This is an individual when you sit down with him, you strip away these political nuisances, you realise that he has a passion for this country and that he’s an ordinary person just like you and me. He is a very nice guy who actually served me with a cup of tea at his home on several occasions,” he said.

He stressed that the propaganda that he was a violent person who uses vulgar language was a deliberate ploy by PF propagandists who have always wanted to smear and paint him black.

“Basically, the whole propaganda; the whole narrative that he used vulgar language is a deliberate ploy to try and paint him black. But the issue is: you cannot interpret expressions from one particular language to another based on your understanding in your mother tongue. The most important thing that people must do is to take an objective view of the context in which a particular word was said,” he said.