The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has challenged opposition UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema to condemn the attack on PF members in Monze yesterday by suspected UPND cadres.
PF Media Committee and Publicity Vice Chairman Sunday Chanda says the ruling party is concerned at Mr. Hichilema’s play-victim attitude, that even after President Edgar Lungu has shown dedicated political will to bring to book members of his own party to account for being accused of perpetrating violence against those with dissenting views.
In a statement made available to QFM News today, Mr. Chanda says Mr. Hichilema knows too well that PF officials were arrested on the Copperbelt Province after his meetings were allegedly disrupted and the Head of State made clear and firm directives in that instance.
He says Mr. Hichilema also knows that while he has been in Kasama, his UPND Cadres in Monze violently attacked a PF mobilization meeting which was scheduled to take place at Monze Golf Club.
He has narrated to QFM News that about 500 people among them former UPND provincial youth Secretary Twaambo Ndhlovu were defecting to the PF and that Mr. Hichilema knows that before the defectors were formally received, about 150 suspected UPND cadres wielding an array of weapons including knives and pistols stormed the meeting and started attacking the people that had gathered for the PF meeting.
Mr. Chanda says some of the attackers threatened to harm PF national mobilization chairman Paul Moonga adding that the aggressors threw stones at the crowd seriously injuring two people who were rushed to Monze District Hospital.
He has demanded that a clear condemnation of the violent attacks by Mr. Hichilema if indeed he is opposed to violence saying Zambia has no space for political tendencies to play victim all the time.
Mr. Chanda has also expressed concern that Police officers stood by and watched helplessly as some PF members begged them to stop the attackers.
He says it is only prudent that the Zambia Police authorities should investigate to establish the reported attitude from identified police officers.