MMD President Dr. Nevers Sekwila Mumba has warned the Patriotic Front (PF) against actions likely to threaten the peace and stability that Zambians have enjoyed for 50 years.
In a stern statement released to the media on the reported scuffles involving PF cadres who attempted to attack the United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema, causing injuries to members of his entourage in Kitwe, Dr. Mumba cautioned the PF political leadership to do everything to bring their cadres under control and steer away from the culture of political violence that has been associated with the ruling party since its inception.
“It is very unfortunate that at a time when Zambians were beginning to breathe a sigh of relief that perhaps the extreme violence they experienced just prior to and after the 2011 elections was now over, political violence is once again rearing its ugly head. Zambians do not want to be reminded of the period that was characterized by unprovoked political clashes, land grabbing by cadres, frequent unwarranted arrests and harassment of opposition leaders, the creation of a general state of violence,
uncertainty which in some instances resulted in loss of precious lives.
“Just when the usually peaceful Zambians sincerely want to give the PF and its new President, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu a fair chance to sort out the horrendous mess that this government has plunged this nation into, it appears the PF is incapable of changing itself as violence seems to be embedded in its DNA,” he said.
The MMD Presidential hopeful said the PF should never forget that Zambians are a peace-loving people and what has been happening in the recent past and beginning to happen again now just a few months
before the 2016 General Election cannot be tolerated as this could plunge the nation into chaos similar to what is currently happening in some countries on the continent.
He said it is obvious that the PF intends to begin instilling fear in the population using desperate violent means in the hope of remaining in power even when everyone has observed that they have no capacity whatsoever of managing the affairs of this nation and have inflicted untold suffering on the people.
He lamented that they have disastrously failed on every front of governance and have recklessly destroyed the prosperous country that was built by the Chiluba and Mwanawasa regimes and peacefully handed to them in 2011.
“The PF regime must be restrained and made aware that the welfare and safety of the people of Zambia is more important than their selfish personal political ambitions and their culture of violence must stop forthwith,” Dr. Mumba said.