PF director of media Sunday Chanda says the violence in Monze has made it difficult for its candidate to campaign
BELOW IS THE STATEMENT
PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MR HICHILEMA, STOP THE UPND SPONSORED VIOLENCE IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE
Lusaka, Zambia, 15th April, 2018 – We are shocked at the violence perpetrated by UPND supporters against PF supporters in Monze District at a time when four of their Members of Parliament were in the area. We are appalled at Mr. Hakainde Hichilema’s continued silence after 48 hours since UPND members at the instigation of their Members of Parliament who were campaigning in the area savagely attacked PF members and accused them of growing the ruling party in the area while demanding that they leave Southern Province and return to their places of origin. As if that was not enough, the PF Candidate’s wife was among those badly beaten by UPND. Sadly, this reminds Zambians of the ethnic cleansing fellow citizens originating from other parts of the country experienced at the hands of the UPND in Namwala District after the 2016 elections – something Mr. Hichilema has not condemned to this day.
The scale of violence in Monze is scary and we are calling on the Electoral Commission of Zambia to assess the security situation in the area and consider postponing the Monze by-election indefinitely until public peace is assured. We do not see how the PF candidate whose wife was badly beaten can campaign in an environment where his immediate family continues to live under the naked threat of attack. Zambians must ask Mr. Hichilema whether his silence on such UPND perpetrated and sponsored violence helps the situation. He must be asked to imagine a Zambia were UPND members would be attacked in PF strongholds and if that is the Zambia he wants to contribute to.
And lastly, Mr. Hichilema, Zambians want you to halt the UPND sponsored violence in Southern Province against citizens belonging to other political parties, especially Patriotic Front. Further, Zambians expect Mr. Hichilema to come out clean on linkages to Cambridge Analytica considering the voter pattern that characterised the 2016 elections especially in Southern Province. More and more, Zambians expect Mr. Hichilema to feel for the poor retirees by telling the nation what he knows about Saturnia Trust saga and offshore accounts revealed by the Panama Papers. Zambians are also gravely concerned at the displacement of over 600 villagers in Namwala District whose customary land Mr. Hichilema bought off and leaving the locals without grazing land for their animals. We wonder if this was the reason Mr. Hichilema remained so opposed to the proposed Land Policy!
PF Media Director