United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has charged that arrests of people with divergent views will not foster development in any way.
Speaking from Monze today where he was attending the Gonde Lwiindi ceremony of the Tonga people, Hichilema stressed that the country must remain united amidst divisive calls by elements that do not value oneness.
‘We are one people, as a country we must remain united and work towards alleviating poverty, no arrests on those with dissent will shape our country’s development agenda, even when hate speech and arrests are done on any of us in the country by those who do not value oneness, we must not be shaken because we outnumber them,’ Hichilema said.
Hichilema also noted that the Agriculture sector was underperforming and sympathised with farmers who have negatively been affected by the poor maize price.
The Gonde Lwiindi ceremony was attended by hundreds of people but the Zambian government was not represented.