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OPINION: UPND Violence Crusade Subtly Cloaked as Self Defence

The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has for last 48 hours been wallowing in self-pity. The party through its president Hakainde Hichilema have been on rampage lamenting how they have been on the receiving end of political violence. Hichilema has had everyone believe that his cadres have had their arms folded in the heat of political harassment and attack. It has almost been made to look like the UPND has been devoid of violent tendencies.  It is a narrative that has largely gone one sided. The UPND aligned voices like political commentator MacDonald Chipenzi and Zambia Civic Education Association (ZCEA) executive director Judith Mulenga have picked on the victim mantra and broadcast it before the world.

What everyone should be alive to is that the UPND has gone into overdrive mischaracterizing a call for violence as self defense. They have subtly been telling the whole world that they should be free to practice violence as they claim to be a victim of it. They are slowly becoming at home with violence as their only way to achieving political power. Has not their vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba been a living chief priest of violence? In any case, who are the originators of the Panga for Panga doctrine? Did not GBM recruit some youth at his Villa Elizabeth gymnasium in a matter that infamously became known as unlawful drilling?  The blame game is all too good but political players should take an honest introspection of their actions. Any sane person would admit that the UPND did not lose the elections in Chilanga because of violence.

The UPND know too well about the garbage that the candidate they fielded in Chilanga came with. To go to town and whine about being victims of violence when in reality they should be reworking their electoral strategies smacks of hypocrisy.

What Hichilema should be telling his followers is how they are going to regenerate the party ahead of the 2021 general elections. Understandably opposition politics are difficult in any set up but even the most elementary of opposition politicians need not be reminded about how the late Michael Sata got down to work after the 2006 elections that he narrowly lost. Rather than sustain the cry baby mentality that has become part of the UPND DNA, Hichilema should roll up his sleeves and get down to win over the masses through a well-orchestrated campaign otherwise the mayoral elections provided yet another political disaster.

42 Comments

  1. Charlesmicklay

    Well spoken

    • Wilso2

      Chiwamila Galu Kuluma Mbuzi. Whennirs your turn to be beaten at your game, comments like this article emerge. MALABISHI

  2. Talented top

    Yeah it’s your opinion we respect it but it’s propaganda so to say because you don’t know what you are talking about. As much as I’m concerned sata became more violent when he lost his 2006 elections

    • Truth be told

      Which Sata became Violent. Kindly provide evidence as you must be mistaken

      • kopala.

        in fact mr.sata”MHSRIP”was even in the forefront telling his followers not to be violent.now the current opposition leader is the one telling his followers to be violent, hv u seen the deference? this is y some of us r finding it strange to support this leaders.

  3. FGM

    In Zambian multi party politics, its very difficult for the opposition political parties to hold public meetings because the ruling party abuses the Public Order Act. Rupiah Banda allowed sata to campaign with less restrictions which no longer prevailing.

    • KANYINI KUCHEPA

      UPND STINKS LIKE COW DUNG COME AND FUCK ME IM SEXUALLY STARVED

      • pompino

        Get a dog to fuck you idiot. You are so dirt and thus deserve a dog fuck and even a cow.

      • Tom London

        You stink with corruption and political violence and vote rigging / buying and so nobody can fuck you kanyini kuchepa . you can only do well in a dog pornographic film . mutoko obe

  4. Chisenga

    HH IS FULL OF EXCUSES. I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND WHY HIS FOLLOWERS KEEP BELIEVING HID FAKE STORIES. ALREADY HAS HAS ADVANCED AN EXCUSE AS TO WHY UPND WILL LOSE THE MAYORAL SEAT IN LUSAKA. PLEASE BA UPND. SIT YOUR LEADER DOWN. TELL HIM TO HIS FACE THAT HE IS NO LONGER SALEABLE. OTHERWISE WHENEVER HE LOSES HE WILL CONTINUE GIVING EXCUSES OF VIOLENCE AS THE CAUSE.

    • Tom London

      It’s good to point out what’s wrong than travelling to Kenya at night with Findlay . iwe chisenga you are only fit to be pig meal satanyoko .

  5. lombe kunda

    its true pf its a most violence party in zambia so i cant join them.

  6. Easy Easy

    It is like violence scares people, it is a symbol of supremacy. However, it is vital to know that it is not always that you will win those fights,one can easily lose limbs or a life. Be wise and live a productive life!!

  7. Jj

    Bwana HH no mata hw u tried u Neva b a president coz u Neva b an MP or CONSELOR so meaning u av no vision in leadership

  8. icilibwe

    Stop complaining u pipo especially u without employment ok.And it’s sad for some of u condemning the government when everything is fine in our country .

  9. King David

    Awe!!

  10. Chief Chilu

    Tom and Jerry.

  11. Mulenga b

    Ba pf ciyeni tubengishe amacito abaice aba pakuti baleke ifyaupuba

  12. MWANA WAMAYO

    Yeba Zambia sure. I pity for my beautiful country. Too much selfishness in this country

  13. FuManchu

    Polarization has sunk deep! Anyone can put forward their opinion on how violence has taken root but it is incumbent on the party in government with supporting structures to stop the violence obeying and following the law! There is gross failure by government to curb this rot and fair justice applied across the board by those tasked to protect the citizenry can yield desired results? Why is it that President Levy Mwanawasa was succeeding in reducing violence traits around the country? One answer is he acknowledged that he was put in plot one to uphold and respect the law of the land in guiding him to serve the Zambian people! Note “ZAMBIAN PEOPLE” not his party and its sympathizers!

  14. name

    Pipo pliz stop all this,,at the end of it all its one zambia one nation let not allow two pipo to divide us..

  15. Goma adams

    One Zambia one nationa

  16. eSwatini Dlanini

    Where is this opinion writer coming from? Cannot tell how violent pf has been?

  17. Benny

    Yaba nisonta epowabombele

  18. Born Again

    Edgar has brought problems in this country, anyway thus how people who don’t fear God behave, just hiding in sheep skin.

  19. Born Again

    Problem puffs fear HH,the President also mentioned please bring another Challenger not that one, he lost elections to me several times. Now if Edgar knows HH can’t challenge him, talk about him?It’s just simple logic here.If a dog doesn’t bite why should I get worried.

  20. Team ikulu

    Comment Why is the Up N’Down leadership inciting youths to resolt to violence?Church mother bodies try to counsel this power hungry man with his team of attention seeker.Cry babies .Ngati mwangiwa kulamulira cipani ca Up N Down handover to Mulyokela.

  21. BJ.

    Watch out PF! ZNBC is heavily infiltrated and will soon start experiencing air transmission sabbortage and pilferage of sensitive footages to turning the image of ECL and PF…..

  22. The Zambian Mindset

    Who watched the funeral proceedings of late Daniel Munkombwe HH was blocked by the police this is one of the issues I have with this current regime and of course HH could be handling these issues better example failing to give the presidential motorcade chance like stated by the law let us not be blind patriot PF is more violent and they work with the police but this is not to say UPND is not also a violent party

  23. Bluno marss the moonshine jungle

    FGM nice spoken

  24. Geolun

    The rich guys are enjoying/making money, the poor are busy fighting. Sad

  25. James claps mphande

    But this party is for dogs zoona

  26. Done

    UPND u don’t like clear game but with violence but this party for children

  27. To by

    Sometimes mwankalako zee

  28. simbeye s

    Kosaziba ndikufa komwe imwe ba upnd

  29. Graham katema

    God is coming soon all this are earthy thing why we are all in Zambia please unity

  30. james kaumba

    I hate this Government which has brought misery to us ex soldiers the Government spend a lot of money training RCts as Soldiers now u Come and fire us on trivial offences ,wait we shall also fire u,wait for 2021 u think we are happy wth our families u shall cry like Lupiya did in 2011.crying rtd Soldier.

  31. Mazuba Isaacs hamumba

    At times u can be peplexed that’s y pilato sung that if u ar a Tonga or lozi they will call u trible.think of how your edger got into power? very violent.hw many people your ediger killed.

  32. Mazuba Isaacs hamumba

    There is nothing which was done by law in edger’s gonverment u call.hh tried his level best doing smart and lawful politics bt did u see ur edger considering that?ur edger has always been violent through out.since twenty fifteen

  33. BB

    Comment:pf so violent

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