Opposition parties vow to ignore youth day
Chipata, March 11, 2013, ZANIS……..Three opposition political parties
in the eastern province have vowed not to participate in this year’s youth
day celebrations scheduled for tomorrow.
Opposition Movement for Multi party Democracy (MMD), United Party for
National Development (UPND) and the National Restoration Party (NAREP)
in the province say they will not participate in this year’s
youth day celebrations due to the unfavorable political environment
prevailing in the country.
Eastern province MMD youth Chairman Chembe Daka said his members will
not participate as one way of showing displeasure against the manner
in which their party president Dr Nevers Mumba is being treated.
He said it will be unreasonable for the MMD youths to be celebrating
when Dr Mumba is going through so many problems.
Mr Daka said that the party will not risk taking their youths for the
celebrations to be attacked.
And UPND national youth Chairperson Michael Chuzu said his party will
not participate in the celebrations alleging that PF cadres are violent and
don’t have respect for the opposition political parties and may attack
them at the occasion.
And National Restoration Party-NAREP youths in eastern province have
joined the opposition MMD and UPND not to participate in the youth day
celebrations which fall tomorrow.
NAREP provincial youth chairman Clement Mbewe said his members will
not participate in the celebrations saying it is pointless for youths
in the country to celebrate this day as they are allegedly
starving due to lack of employment.
Mr Mbewe has further said the opposition political parties in the
country are not recognized in most national events such as traditional
ceremonies and other events.
And reacting to MMD provincial chairperson Chembe Daka, the Patriotic
Front in eastern province has refuted claims by Mr Daka that the
party plans to attack opposition parties taking part in
Patriotic Front provincial vice chairperson Attan Mwamba has asked the
opposition MMD to give proper reasons as to why they have decided not
to take part in the youth day celebrations, because PF is a peaceful
party and has no plans of attacking anyone.
Mr Mwamba said MMD should just accept that it has lost direction.
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