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Zambia is more important than our parties, says Hichilema

MAY we all recognize that Zambia is more important than our political parties, urges Hakainde Hichilema.

The UPND leader yesterday prayed for peace in the country.

“My prayer today is for peace in our country. May we all recognize that #Zambia is more important than our parties and we must reflect on the country we hope to leave for the next generation,” Hichilema stated in a tweet.

Meanwhile, party deputy national youth chairperson Subeta Mutelo said after the brutal killing of UPND member, Laurence Banda, in Kaoma, UPND youths had resolved to defend themselves when attacked by the ruling PF.

“We will not sit back and run when accosted by PF thugs. We shall instead stand up and fight back with all we have at our disposal,” she said. “We will do this with full understanding that the institutions mandated to protect us from the PF brutality have completely collapsed and we cannot rely on the compromised and weak police to protect us from the wrath of the violent PF cadres and their leaders. It’s not a hidden fact that PF cadres wantonly break the law and carry illegal weapons with impunity. This is done in the full presence of the police.”

Mutelo said if the UPND did not defend and protect themselves nobody will.

“They will continue to attack, brutalise, maim and kill us whilst the police pay a blind eye on this carnage,” she said, in a statement. “Like Malcolm X once said, ‘Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.’ We have a right to defend ourselves. We have a right to life. Its legal to use reasonable force or defensive force, for the purpose of defending one’s own life. It’s not unlawful to use self-defence under Zambian laws.

The Bill of Rights Article 11(a) and Article 12(3)(a) provides for self-defence. Section 17 of the Penal Code says, ‘Subject to any other provisions of this Code, or any other law for the time being in force, a person shall not be criminally responsible for the use of force in repelling an unlawful attack upon his person or property, or the other person or the person or property of any other person, if the means he uses and the degree of force he employs in doing so are no more than is necessary in the circumstances to repel the unlawful attack.’”
Mutelo said UPND youths were tired of crying victim.

“Zambia is our country too. Let’s defend ourselves from these blood thirsty PF thugs,” said Mutelo.

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