UPND Official Statement on Ending Violence

PF cadres launch attack against UPND President Hakainde Hichilema
PF cadres launch attack against UPND President Hakainde Hichilema

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