Police under instructions from embarrassed PF regime claimed that the situation was not conducive for the UPND to make donations to the more than 600 starving families sleeping in the cold after PF government demolished their houses in the middle of the night.
Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema during the press briefing yesterday reiterated that his party did not condone lawlessness of occupying other people’s properties, but blamed the PF government and their councils for creating the mess in the first place.
In an apparent admission of guilty, PF have since sacrificed one of their Councillors whom they accused of having been involved in illegal land allocation during broad day light.
But Mr. Hichilema wondered where the entire Copperbelt PF administration has been from 2006 when they started running those councils.
“PF have been running those councils since 2006 elections. Where were they when that Councillor was illegally allocating those plots during broad daylight for them to go in the night of cold winter season and demolish those houses”, he asked.
He said it was typical of Mr. Michael Sata’s character to demolish houses because he did it even shortly after MMD won elections in 1990s in Misisi Compound that resulted in the death of someone.
“Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not supporting illegality here. But surely there must be a humane way of doing this thing than choosing the coldest month of the year to demolish people’s houses at night while children are sleeping,” he said.
He called for the equitable allocation of council plots, instead of the current corrupt arrangement where people can only benefit if they know someone in the ruling party.
“As UPND, in the first place, the situation would not have taken place. But as a way of cleaning up the PF mess, we would have done it differently. This country has plenty of land. We could even have bought a nearby farm, create a small fund for the affected families and allocate them even as a loan facility. And we would have chosen a favourable month of say September of October,” he said.
In the photos below, victims of PF receive food