HH Statement on PF threatening behaviour
7 August 2015
The latest threats by President Edgar Lungu against leaders in the opposition such as our Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, FDD leader Edith Nawakwi, Chongwe PF MP Silvia Masebo, and others is a clear case of abusing state machinery to oppress the opposition and other dissenting voices in the country.
Lungu’s threats and commands to the Police also confirms an established pattern of using state institutions to victimise other leaders and citizens that have offered support to the opposition, particularly the UPND.
It is not a shock that Lungu and his PF thugs can today play victim of violence when Zambians know that it’s the opposition party members, particularly UPND members who have been victims of brutal attacks. Others have even lost lives but no arrests have been made. During the Mulobezi by-election, Davies Chama, Edgar Lungu’s Secretary General was shooting people and Lungu never condemned it. Zambians should now know the true character of the so-called ‘humble’ Lungu who is actually a brutal dictator who is even clinging to the position of Defence Minister. That is the level of insecurity that Lungu is dealing with.
How can Lungu today claim his supporters in PF regalia inscribed ‘infintu ni Lungu’ and are committing crimes in his name by beating and extorting money from struggling marketeers and bus drivers are being sponsored by the opposition? The opposition is a well organised outfit with party membership cards. The PF has no cards, instead of dealing with this issue they are busy pointing at others. Have all observed at how PF just wants to associate with good things? This is a pattern that has defined PF since 2011 when they took over power. At the same time the violence that we see now is a way of life for the PF.
Lungu should not fool Zambians as everyone is fully aware that the violence and extortion of money is done by the PF thugs with the full knowledge and support of the PF leadership. This is the reason the police and the councils have helplessly kept a blind eye for fear of losing their jobs. The intimidation and threats by Lungu using his thugs and state institutions will not solve the many economic challenges the people of Zambia are facing. This intimidation will not solve load shedding. Lungu has lamentably failed in his function as President of Zambia.
We urge Lungu to concentrate his energies and attention to the numerous economic challenges which people are going through. We challenge him to address the nation and give guidance on economic issues rather than wasting time witch hunting and victimising political opponents who are giving viable alternative economic policies to his failed leadership.
Issued by: UPND National Campaign Centre, Lusaka