HAKAINDE Hichilema has advised the Patriotic Front to stop its provocative brutality because they cannot handle citizens’ anger. He said this after visiting the Ndhlovus, UPND Chilanga members, who were attacked at their house by PF cadres. Hichilema was in the company of UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka and party national chairperson Mutale Nalumango.
He expressed sadness and sympathised with the victims whom he said were attacked by known PF cadres.
“The UPND president strongly condemns violence and reiterates his calls for peace and unity based on respect for the rule of law and order, as well as respect for human rights and freedoms,”
according to a statement issued by his deputy assistant for press Brian Mwiinga.
“Mr Hichilema is of the view that citizens must differ on principle as opposed to resorting to violence.” He called for the arrest of the known perpetrators of violence in the country. Hichilema said without arresting the perpetrators of violence, citizens might resort to acting in self-defence, a situation that would bring anarchy in the country.
“Mr Hichilema has reiterated his stance on the need for dialogue in the country as a way to bring normalcy and freedoms based on good governance,” according to the statement.
“He has said currently it was impossible for other political parties to freely meet and mobilise members due to the ongoing violence, restrictions on people’s freedoms and rights.”