OPPOSITION United Party for National Development (UPND) Sesheke central Member of Parliament (MP) Siyanga Siyauya has called on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to postpone the elections due to violence that has erupted between his party and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
Mr Siyauya, who is UPND campaign manager for the Mulobezi by elections, said the violent clashes which happened between the two political parties on Saturday which saw one UPND cadre shot at was a clear indication that the elections would not be held in a peaceful manner.
He said if the elections were not postponed, there would be more violence in the area because more cadres from the UPND had since started trooping into Mulobezi to beef up their team.
Speaking in to the press in Livingstone when he visited the shooting victim Mushaukwa Mushaukwa at the Livingstone Central Hospital yesterday, Mr Siyauya said it was unfortunate that him and his UPND counterparts were attacked by the PF cadres in Mulobezi where Mushaukwa was shot at in the thigh and sustained a dip knife cut in the buttock as well as another cut on the left eye.
Mr Siyauya said it was surprising that after the attack from the PF cadres, he and one of his colleagues were instead arrested and detained on Saturday instead of arresting the perpetrators of the crime.
He said he was lucky that he was not also injured but alleged that the driver of the PF Secretary General Davies Chama was aimed at shooting him as well.
Mr Siyauya, who did not give details of his arrest and subsequent detention the by Mulobezi police, said he was released on police bond and that the matter would be coming up in court next Monday.
And speaking from his hospital bed, the victim Mushaukwa said he was recovering well and ready to go back to Mulobezi and campaign for his party.
Mr Mushauko urged his fellow UPND youths not to be intimidated but be strong and forge ahead with the campaigns.