US government adds voice to increased violence in Zambia

US government adds voice to increased violence in Zambia

The United States government has expressed serious concerns on the increased levels of violence perpetuated by PF thugs in Zambia.

US Charge de Affairs in Zambia David Young says the level of political intolerance and violence in Zambia was a great concern to the American government.

He also called for the  respect of the freedoms of expression and assembly, as well as media freedoms in Zambia.

Mr. Young, who is currently the highest ranking US Embassy official in the absence of the Ambassador, reiterated that his government will continue to support efforts towards freedoms in Zambia.

The US 2013 human rights reports also noted increased human rights abuses in Zambia.

Recently, the US government issued an alert to all its nationals about the increased levels of violence and crime in Zambia.

His comments comes in the wake of the increased brutality by PF thugs under the leadership of ailing dictator Michael Sata that has een innocent citizens being beaten up in various places including churches.

Opposition parties have also been largely banned from holding rallies and meetings to mobilise their members ahead of the 2016 elections.

A number of journalists, especially from private media houses and those perceived to be writing for on-line media in Zambia are also facing increased persecution by the PF government.

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema last month had to be whisked away after blood thirsty PF cadres stormed Sun FM Radio in Ndola demanding to sort him out while ABZ leader Father Frank Bwalya suffered violence at the hands of PF cadres whilst visiting a party official in Ndola.

Just yesterday, Forum for Development and Democracy leader Edith Nawakwi briefly detained in Mufulira on the Copperbelt by the police for holding meetings with her party officials.

A huge police battalion of police appeared around 16:30 hours at the Hindu Hall in Mufulira and picked up Nawakwi and members of her team for conducting a party mobilization meeting and held her for close to an hour.

But during her brief detention, Nawakwi embarrassed the officers when she started lecturing them about the Public Order Act whose copies they did not have.

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