UPND To Petition Ward Election Results
The UPND have announced that they will be petitioning the election of PF candidates in three wards; Lundazi, Chililabombwe and Chavuma due to the violence in the area surrounding the by-elections.
Speaking whilst in Lundazi, the UPND Party Secretary highlighted that PF cadres went so far as to abduct UPND officials, and even maimed some of them.
He reiterated the seriousness of police interference last week which saw them attack UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and threatened the lives of many other UPND supporters. He continued to point out that throughout the campaign period the UPND and Mr Hichilema were routinely denied access to the area and were stopped from engaging with locals.
“On the day Mr. Hichilema tried to address a meeting in the outskirts of Sesheke, some 40kms away from where the PF were having theirs, heavily armed gangs from Lusaka’s Intercity aided by state police disrupted the meeting by firing live bullets at unarmed civilians, with Mr. Hichilema finding solace in the bush going into hiding by walking more than 8 hours”, he added.
Mr. Katuka stated that elections under the PF regime were no longer a contest to serve the people, but a blood bath for the preservation of power in order to hide corruption.
“We are hence taken aback that PF Secretary General Davies Mwila has also decided to cry about the violence in Sesheke, when his party transported known Lusaka’s Intercity Bus Terminus thugs who are usually with President Lungu and other PF government officials
into the area. These thugs, going by the pictures circulating on social media and some mainstream media are well-known. Others were being transported from other parts of the country to brutalise the usually peaceful Sesheke residents”, he said.