Charles Kakoma
Charles Kakoma

Suspected Patriotic Front (PF) cadres this morning invaded the United Party for National Development (UPND) regional offices in Kitwe attacking UPND members who were waiting to be addressed by their national leaders led party leader Hakainde Hichilema.

UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma in a statement says the suspected PF cadres attacked the UPND members using pangas, axes, stones and other offensive weapons.

Mr Kakoma says a number of UPND members, including elderly women were brutally beaten and suffered injuries and were rushed to the hospital.

He says this attack happened in full view of Zambia Police officers who he says instead of arresting the perpetrators of violence fired teargas into the UPND offices.
Mr Kakoma says the suspected PF cadres were being ferried in trucks belonging to a well-known PF leader, known as Chile 1.

Meanwhile Mr Kakoma has condemned Police for tear gassing Luanshya residents who had turned up to see UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema yesterday afternoon.

He says Zambians have the rights to freely associate, assemble, move and speak as guaranteed by the Republican Constitution.

Mr Kakoma says any interference with the enjoyment of these freedoms is a violation of the Constitution.

He states that it is a highly dangerous route of political violence that the PF has embarked on which can easily lead to anarchy and political instability.

Mr. Kakoma says it is not the fault of the UPND and its leader that the Zambian people are fed-up with the purported failed leadership of the PF.

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23 COMMENTS

    • Violence is bad whether by PF or UPND……I just wish the UPND could come out as strong as they have in condemning violence perpetrated by their members……..like the beating up of Dandy Crazy in Mazabuka and stoning of the presidential motorcade in North Western province.

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    • Dandy Crazy was not attacked by UPND but by TONGAs who in typical Bemba self praise, he insulted by saying he would rather be a chicken than a Tonga. Remember remarks by Chama? Mwamba? Mumbi?? Can you cite an example of a prominent Tonga casting derogatory remarks on somebody from another tribe?? Just for your information there are lots of other non UPND people in Southern Province who enjoy total hospitality and lots of other musicians have toured SP without a problem.

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  1. It incumbent upon our national leaders to curb violence.Please Edgar Changwa Lungu and HH tell your supporters to refrain from such acts

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    • Whose thugs is perpetrating the violence? Just address Chagwa, as HH’s side has exhausted the cheeks to turn for more slaps at this point!!!

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  2. This will become extremely serious and dangerous if ECL does not show leadership and allow free movement and assembly. People are starving and a hungry mob is an angry mob, they will not tolerate any perception of injustice. The President has to be wise and listen, not hide his head in the proverbial stand. You have been warned, nip this in its bud before all hell breaks loose!

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  3. PIPO POLICE ARE THERE FORE EVERYONE BUT ONE AS BEEN TOLD AND WARNED THAT U CANNOT DO THIS AT PARTICULAR PLACES & ONE OPT TO GO AHEAD AGAINST ~ POLICE TEAR GAS THESE STUBBORN DEVIL MPS AND HH SPARE PIPO. WEHZI AKWIKALA AIFWAYI DINO.

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    • Under which law can police prohibit freedom of movement? Instead of “jkalusa” you should call yourself “JACK ASS LOOSER”

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  4. This is an indication that the country’s politics are based on thuggery. Christianity has values, which this ‘Christian’ nation party in power’s supporters involved in the attacks have failed to uphold. Shame on them!

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  5. IF HH IS SURELY UNPOPULAR, THE PF SHOULD NOT RESTRICT HIS MOVEMENTS. LET THE MAN MOVE FREELY. LET HIM ADDRESS HIS SUPPORTERS ON THE CB. AND LET HIM FAIL OR LOSE FREELY. SO THAT HE DOES NOT GIVE EXCUSES FOR LOSING ELECTIONS. NOT THIS BRUTALIZING OF HIS FOLLOWERS. IT IS NOT GOOD YEECL. IT MAY ESCALATE INTO SOMETHING UNCONTROLLABLE AND HUMAN LIFE MAY BE LOST.

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  6. Pliz people of zambia why fights we ar one guys mr president allow free movement nd assembly to the copperbelt your works speaks for u nd to the opposition their manifesto speak s lets see who is the best we don’t wnt chaos in our country the reading of wat transpared make sad lets go zambia one zed one nation allow love to lead

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  7. U started the fight by attacking musicians and suspended pf supporters in your southern province..! Now ur crying…! Do onto others wat u want them to do onto u…! He who kills by a sword shall be killed by a sword….! Lets leave in peace as one Zambia one nation…!

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  8. Yes sir the UpDn started this. The PF members have for the most part restrained themselves. Why is the UpDn asking for police protection now? HH is on record saying that he would go ahead without permission from the police.

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  9. We have always stated that UPND and the Under 5 are the one who provoke Zambians. Since when have you ever head this Ichilema condemn violence by his thugs on PF members? HH cannot differentiate National issues from politics, to him every opportunity is a window to try and get some political milage, so what does he expect?
    We all know that the mines and commodity prices oil inclusive have seen a very sharp fall in prices and instead of being a leader, the man sees this as opportunity to incite people to rise agaisnt a legitimate Government, this we cannot and will not allow.
    HH is same man who has been lying that the loadshedding the country is experiencing is a result of ZESCO mismanagement, cant the man really see that up to today we dont have rains? So what type of a person is…

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    HH is same man who has been lying that the loadshedding the country is experiencing is a result of ZESCO mismanagement, cant the man really see that up to today we dont have rains? So what type of a person is this? And am surprised that some miners can be cheated by HH and GBM about the real challenges we are currently going through. HH and UPND have NO SOLUTION FOR YOU MINERS, IF ANYTHING, YOU WILL REGRET TO REALISE THAT THE MAN IS JUST HOODWINKING YOU. President Lungu is steadfast and focused to resolve these challenges as can be seen by his commitment to meeting with the mine owners. Imwe ba shimaini, do you honestly think UPND and HH will leave Southern Province and his T0nga tribesmen to resolve your challenges? The man will be giving you excuse after excuse meanwhile, his…

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    The man will be giving you excuse after excuse meanwhile, his tribesmate will get all the jobs. Yes, the mining industry is going through hard times because of slump by Chinese economy and make no mistake, HH and UPND cannot resolve you problems if anything it will be bad to worse. Ask the people who know HH and GBM before you blindly fall prey.
    So, anyone trying to cause anarchy on the Copperbelt and cheat innocent people, the police and other true people must deal with him very firmly.

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    • Be concerned about Zambia, at least, since your ignorance about HH is so clear. Interested Zambians know what happened at the time of privatisation. You sound so monotonous like a frog in your dull utterances1

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