Don’t divert attention from your cadres’ violent conduct- SACCORD

The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has advised Patriotic front Lusaka province chairman Godfrey Chuumbwe to rise above his kind of politics and take responsibility for the bad behavior of his cadres at the UPND rally.

The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has advised Patriotic front Lusaka province chairman Godfrey Chuumbwe to rise above his kind of politics and take responsibility for the bad behavior of his cadres at the UPND rally.

SACCORD information Officer Obby Chibuluma says it is very unfortunate that Mr. Chuumbwe, as a leader has decided to divert attention from the issue of the ground by insinuating that some people attended the UPND rally to show support to their tribesmen.

Yesterday, Mr. Chuumbwe said Mr. Chibuluma and FODEP executive Director McDonald Chipenzi’s presence at the UPND rally was a true reflection of their alleged partisanship.

But Mr. Chibuluma says it is shameful for Mr. Chuumbwe to insinuate that he was at the rally to support the UPND.

Mr. Chibuluma, who admits being present at the rally, says he only attended the rally in his capacity as a SACCORD official to monitor the rally, as part of his organizations work.

Speaking in an interview with QFM, Mr. Chibuluma says Mr. Chuumbwe’s plan of trying to divert citizens attention form the matter at hand will not help as what the people want are the solutions to the problems being created.

He states that Mr. Chuumbwe’s failure to take responsibility for his cadre’s action only makes him a failure in his leadership within his party.

Below is full statement from SACCORD

Press statement – response to Mr. Chuumbwe’s statement on SACCORD and UPND rally

The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) would like to address issues or allegations being made by Mr. Chuumbwe who is the Patriotic Front Chairperson for Lusaka Province regarding attendance at the UPND rally in Kabwata. We want to state that YES SACCORD did have representation at the rally and this was part of the work that SACCORD does. As an organisation we do attend these rallies to monitor not only the actions of people around but also the speeches made at such meetings. We also document these activities and you will find some of this information in our reports.

Being at that rally and a witness to the violence that was perpetuated by PF cadres at the Kabwata UPND rally should never in any way be used to link me or SACCORD to the UPND. As an organisation, we have attended PF rallies before and have been to rallies of other parties too in the past. At no time did we go there to endorse these parties.

The issue that Mr. Chuumbwe should be addressing instead of seeking to divert attention is the shameful and violent conduct of his cadres at that rally. The rally was not a PF one and why did he send his cadres to a rally which wasn’t theirs and behave in the manner they did?

Mr. Chuumbwe must also stop beating the soundless drums of tribalism. It doesn’t sell, no one buys this primitive behavior from him. If he is a tribalist, surely I am not. This behavior of seeing tribe in whatever people do is what is retrogressive, immature and shows the shallowness as well as exposing Mr. Chuumbwe’s undeveloped thinking capacity. One should not belong to Mr. Chuumbwe’s imaginary tribe to see the wrongs that were committed by his hired cadres.

I personally called some PF leaders I know to alert them on what was being done in the name of the party by those cadres to which they promised to follow-up. So being a witness to PF cadres’ violence in Kabwata must not in any way make me be classified as a sympathizer of the UPND.

We ask Mr. Chuumbwe if he is a worthy leader he should be called to address issues such as the stoning and breaking of car windows, violence, and intimidation which was being perpetuated by those PF cadres who were in Kabwata in the name of the PF. He must take responsibility of that violent and shameful behavior of those cadres in Kabwata. Despite police trying to ensure that the situation doesn’t get worse, cadres continued to ignore several pleas from police to leave the area and not to disrupt that rally.

 

Obby Chibuluma

Information Officer

SACCORD

 

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