UPND Campaign Manager Dipak Patel has called on PF President Edgar Lungu to publicly apologise over the remarks made by Orthodox Church Bishop Edward Chomba at a PF Rally in Kabwe were he called the UPND Presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema a satanist and a freemason.
In a strong worded letter released to the media, Mr Patel further asked Mr Lungu to not only condemn the Kabwe incident, but also to commit to campaigning based on issues and mutual respect between candidates, rather than personal attacks.
Guy Scott has already issued an apology on behalf of the PF leadership on Tuesday saying :
“Allow me to wholeheartedly and unqualifiedly offer the apology of the PF leadership to Hakainde Hichilema and anybody else who by implication was accused of eating babies and drinking blood and so on and for forth by a certain bogus Bishop who forced himself on stage, he didn’t even tell us who he was,’
He Further added
“Like I said, we apologise wholeheartedly, we don’t want a campaign based on taking advantage of people’s ignorance and superstitions, we want a campaign based on development, education and health and democracy. So please take that as one hundred percent position of the PF.”
Below is the full statement from UPND Campaign Manager
On Wednesday 24 December Judge Mwila Chitabo ruled in favour of Hakainde Hichilema in the interim injunction restraining Hon. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Davies Chama Secretary General of the PF and Bishop Chomba from making further false allegations against the UPND Presidential Candidate Hakainde Hichilema.
We respect Acting President Guy Scott for his apology and we do wish to believe it sincere. The absence of Hon. Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s apology as Party President and his silence on the matter equates to condoning this violation of the electoral code of conduct.
Judge Chitabo agreed that the comments made by Bishop Edward Chomba under the watch of Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Davies Chama at the Kabwe rally, constituted a defamatory statement that could lead to irreparable damage for our candidate. Furthermore Judge Chitabo has granted ex-parte that the defendants are restrained from publishing or causing to be published any defamatory words against Hakainde Hichilema. If the defendants do not comply within the written orders they shall be liable to committal to prison for contempt of court.
This interim injunction shall continue until an inter-parte hearing that is set for the 31st December.
Let this be a clear message that not only do we demand a free and fair election devoid of any form of electoral malpractice, but that we are willing to pursue litigation if further baseless accusations are levelled against our candidate Hakainde Hichilema.
We call on PF candidate Edgar Lungu to publicly apologise for and condemn this incident, as well as to commit to campaigning based on issues and mutual respect between candidates, rather than personal attacks.