UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has alleged that his supporters and sympathisers have continued being ill-treated by some Patriotic Front (PF) cadres after his party lost the presidential election last month.
But PF secretary general Davies Chama has dismissed the allegation, saying the party in Government is focused on governance.
Mr Hichilema said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that more than 100 cases of violence against UPND members have been reported but that the police have not taken any action against the perpetrators.
“We have reported to the police and I have personally written to the Inspector General of Police, Stella Libongani, but nothing has been done to the PF cadres involved in this matter,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said that a recent attack was on Agness Ndhlovu at Soweto market in Lusaka.
He alleged that the PF has been printing UPND T-shirts which they use to frame his supporters as perpetrators of violence.
Mr Hichilema displayed several medical reports involving his supporters.
“I am calling upon the republican President Edgar Lungu to intervene in these attacks that have been going on against UPND supporters just after the election,” he said.
But Mr Chama said that his party cannot sink so low as to start printing UPND T-shirts for the purpose of engaging in violent acts.
Mr Chama said that if he had his way, he would have some of the UPND members locked up because they are desperate and dangerous.
He said that the UPND lost the election and should now allow President Lungu to govern the country properly.
Efforts to get the police on the matter proved futile as police spokesperson Charity Chanda referred the matter to Lusaka province police commissioner Charity Katanga who said the spokesperson was better placed to comment.