PF President Edgar Lungu has condemned recent acts of violence in Shiwangandu.
Speaking in Mpika when he met Chiefs at Icengelo Guest House, Hon. Lungu called for peaceful campaigns and peaceful elections.
“It’s a Multiparty Democracy, we have various candidates with various views. The choice our people make should always be respected . And that choice or support from our people should not be coerced or forced”.
“We will investigate the Shiwangandu violence.Any cadres or official involved will be dealt with”.
He said President Sata always urged supporters to act with a lot of restraint even under extreme provocation.
“President Sata came from Mpika where we are today and he promoted peace. Even when elections where robbed or stolen from him he refused to shed blood or maim or cause any injury. I will follow the peaceful footsteps of President Sata”
“I am proud to belong to PF it’s a peaceful party and it’s a national party in character and in practice”
Yesterday, suspected PF cadres this afternoon attacked a helicopter carrying the UPND campaign team in Shiwangandu. In the helicopter were former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa,former deputy speaker of the national assembly Mutale Nalumango,Hon Felix Mutati, Hon Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, and Hon Patrick Mucheleka.
The helicopter was forced to fly to away while Shiwangandu residents who had gathered to attend the rally fled from the attacking PF cadres.
And UPND’s campaign manage Depark Patel has released the following statement to the media
UPND OFFICIAL STATEMENT
03 January 2015
LISTEN KAMPYONGO UPND WILL BE COMING BACK TO SHIWAN’GANDU!
Juvenile and insecure PF deputy minister Stephen Kampyongo like a coward hid elsewhere in Shiwan’gandu while he orchestrated his PF thugs to unleash violence on the UPND campaign team that flew into Shiwan’gandu yesterday afternoon.
The lives of the former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa, UPND Chairperson Mutale Nalumango, Hon. Felix Mutati and Hon. Mucheleka were at risk, as was the helicopter and its pilot. Kampyongo sadly is also our nation’s deputy minister of Home Affairs. As the area Member of Parliament he has not had the decency to denounce the violence and barbarism in Shiwan’gandu, and it is ironic the PF is seeking the support of all Zambians in this Presidential elections, based on their violent panga culture.
Just two days ago Acting President Guy Scott clearly stated “We don’t want to be embarrassed that the president is from a nonsense party full of intimidation. We don’t want to see any violence; we don’t want to see any law-breaking. We want to see an orderly election and change because that is the only way”. We now challenge him to discipline District Commissioner Evelyn Kangwa whose involvement has been alleged.
It is not only the UPND but all Zambians who reject the PF strategy of unleashing fear and violence, be it in Shiwan’gandu, Levy Hospital in Lusaka or on the streets of Copperbelt. My advice is to give the position of public office the respect it deserves, even if you have no self-respect.
Campaign Manager- UPND
UPND Information (PI Dept)