The following statement has been issued by the UPND
Well known PF thugs attempted to harm UPND President Hakainde Hichilema as he arrived to inspect the new UPND Secretariat in Kitwe’s Chachacha Compound.
The PF thugs, driving a KB Isuzu van registration number ABD 4874 and carrying various types of dangerous weapons, followed Mr. Hichilema’s convoy up to the UPND Secretariat.
As UPND, we have always insisted on issue based civil politics that addresses the needs of our poor people currently facing economic challenges.
We have so far had wonderful reception in Luapula, North-Western Provinces, and we must enjoy our stay in Kitwe as well.
We have always denounced violence of any kind but like we have consistently said and as evidenced from the recently ended bye-elections, our colleagues in the PF have now graduated from mere Pangas and machets to using guns.
They are clearly not ready to engage in civil dialogue and politics and from our own intelligence reports, they wish to use this same formula at a large scale as we head towards next year’s general elections.
We hope the police will thoroughly investigate this matter because we believe there should not be a no go area for any political leader regardless of their ideas.
Our programme of thanking voters across the country, will go ahead as scheduled as we cannot be intimidated by sponsored thugs by known politicians.
Our plea is that these youths need decent education, jobs, and a better life for all Zambians.
Our miners are losing their jobs and even those working are currently working under deplorable working conditions, coupled with an ever-rising cost of living.
These are the issues that matters the most to our people.
UPND Chairperson for Information and Publicity