PF-UPND to protest at Chinse embassy over Sinazongwe shootings

The Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) are planning to hold protests outside the Chinese Embassy in Lusaka, it has emerged.

Political parties want to register annoyance at the shooting of Zambian miners by Chinese investors.

Last Friday two Chinese Xiao Li Shan, 48, and Wu Jiu Hua, 46 shot 11 miners at a coal mine in Sinazongwe district.

The two were on Monday charged with attempted murder.

But the opposition feels that government hands are tied and cannot deal with Chinese ‘gunmen’ because hands of government officials are tied and mouths shut by corruption from Chinese businessmen.

And QFM radio reports that UPND president Haikainde Hichilema has described the behavior by the management of Collum Coal Mine in Sinazeze of using guns to silence the voice of the workers as appaling, unacceptable and a flagrant violation of human rights.

In a letter to President Rupiah Banda dated 18th October, 2010, MADE available to Qfm,Mr Hichilema says the law should take its full course without any interference with regards the shooting incidence in Sinazeze in which 11 miners were wounded.

He says considering the recent events of violence and threats of violence,what transpired in Sinazeze is yet another clear example of lawlessness and impunity, giving rise to a pattern of incidents that threaten to cause a breakdown of law and order in the country.

Mr Hichilema observes that the country has witnessed some of the worst incidents of violence during by-elections,a matter that is raising serious concern and alarm especially that the country goes to the polls next year.

He blames the violence on the MMD and calls on President Banda as both republican president and MMD leader to come out in the open and take a lead role in putting to an end this culture of violence in the country.

The UPND leader adds that it is clear that these treats and acts of violence are endangering the growth of democracy and threatening the long enduring peace in the nation.

Mr Hichilema has further expressed dissatisfaction with the leadership of Inspector General of Police Francis Kabonde.

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