The United Party for National Development (UPND) would like to condemn the hooligan behavior of the Patriotic Front cadres who trespassed and protested at UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’s residence yesterday.
Kuchusa Simusamba UPND Deputy Chairperson Finance and Economics says party is also disappointed by police behavior and failure to respond and dismiss the PF thugs who had in their possession machetes, knives and stones, for unlawful assembly at Mr. Hichilema’s residence.
The PF government should understand that Mr. Hichilema has a family and deserves respect and privacy and organizing such a protest at his residence is a breach of his privacy and security as a citizen of this country.
Mr. Hichilema will not be coerced to condemn any group of people that feel aggrieved by Sampa’s tribal statements that insulted the Tonga people of Southern Province by suggesting that they can only ascend to the presidency if they marry Bemba women.
Further, PF and its government should understand that Mr. Hichilema does not act under instructions and ultimatums especially from such uncivilized behavior by the PF cadres. The PF and its Minister for Southern Province Miles Sampa should instead apologize for their tribal insults to the people of Southern Province.
UPND would like to advise the PF to take a hard look at itself as a tribal government in the wake of concerns by various stakeholders in our country about appointments based on one tribe, nepotism and regionalism instead of throwing unwarranted tribal accusations on the UPND.
Mr. Hichilema is a national leader of a party with a following across the country with representation at parliamentary level in Western, Central, North- Western and Southern Province. Suggesting that UPND is synonymous to Southern Province is an insult to the Zambian people’s intelligence.
The party is disappointed with police’s failure to act on the unruly PF cadres as this shows that they had a blessing from the PF government and the police. Police Inspector General Francis Malama should explain why woodland s police could not respond despite being informed about this unlawful assembly and protest at the residence of the UPND leader.