The PF has insulted UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for suggesting to hold dialogue with Edgar Lungu to end the current tension in the country.
In a strong worded response to the suggested meeting, PF Secretary General Davies Chama said Lungu and the PF have no time for HH and people like GBM.
Chama said HH and UPND are trying to force PF to make a government of national Unity, which Chama said the PF is not interested in.
The UPND only suggested to meet Lungu and discuss peace in the country and never said anything about government of national unity.
The UPND is challenging Lungu’s purported election in the constitutional Court.
Chama said if HH is interested in meeting anyone, he should go and meet people in Southern province.
The UPND later issued the following statement;
Attempts by the PF to paint UPND as a violent party to try and discredit their opposition are dishonest.
It is a great shame that Lungu remains unwilling to meet with us to discuss securing peace and unity in our nation, just as he refused to meet in the run up to elections as violence increased. In fact, we are still awaiting a response from the letter we sent to him on June 4th requesting a meeting.
We have made this same request on numerous occasions knowing that dialogue rather than violence is the way to proceed, and that the leaders of our respective parties must lead by example in such matters. At the same time, we have written to our members and officials to put in writing what we have so often said publicly, that we detest violence and that there is no place for such behaviour in our party.
Yet, while our calls for a meeting go unanswered our supporters are beaten for wearing UPND regalia, chased from the markets and driven from the taxi ranks so that they can do longer work and support their families. Is this the Zambia we want for our children? Is this the mark of a Christian nation? When we call for peace these are the people we are speaking for.
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.’ Galatians 5:22
Issued by UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma