The opposition UPND says reports linking it to a clandestine group calling itself Tonga’s under Oath are part of a grand government scheme to arrest its leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Reports in pro government newspapers have alleged that a grouping known as Tongas under Oath has threatened to continue killing Bembas if government does not rescind its decision to take Chirundu district to Lusaka Province.
But UPND Spokesman Charles Kakoma said in an interview this afternoon that government is desperate to arrest Mr. Hichilema and has since resorted to concocting false stories to implicate him and other opposition leaders.
Mr. Kakoma charged that the UPND has not information on the existence of such a grouping and wondered why government officials have been so quick to accuse the UPND.
[pullquote]“This is nothing new, we saw this during the Chiluba era when the Zero option was in full effect and we remember some of the key architects of such moves and they are still serving in this government,” Mr. Kakoma said.[/pullquote]
He said the party is not however surprised adding that the PF government merely wants to prepare the people’s minds to the anticipated arrest of opposition leaders.
“This is nothing new, we saw this during the Chiluba era when the Zero option was in full effect and we remember some of the key architects of such moves and they are still serving in this government,” Mr. Kakoma said.
Mr. Kakoma has since challenged law enforcement agencies to arrest individuals and organisations that appear to have so much information about the Tongas under Oath.
“Some appear to be well informed on this issue but why hasn’t the police arrested them to help them with investigations?”
He said the UPND is not aware of the existence of the Tongas under Oath and that it would fully condemn such activities if they existed.
Some senior government and PF officials have moved to quickly link the groupings to the UPND.