PF cadres on Thursday afternoon tried to disrupt a training meeting held by FDD President Edith Nawakwi were the party was training small scale farmers and Party members how to plant Soya Beans.
The cadres insulted people at the training meeting and threatened to beat them using logs which they had earlier hidden in the over grown grass.
But FDD President Edith Nawakwi pleaded with irate members who wanted to chase the cadres led by Ben N’gombe to ignore the provocation saying “am a mother and everyone is my child regardless of the party they belong to.”
Ms. Nawakwi told her members that the party had the proud history of being a peaceful party and that the cadres had been sent to disrupt the meeting because the leadership in their party was getting jittery due to the program in which her party was not only helping farmers with seed but providing technical skills and support to ensure that those helped get maximum yield.
After failing to achieve their goal to disrupt the meeting the cadres disappeared for a short while only to reappear with police hoping to use the public order act to stop the meeting something which proved futile as the organizers had gotten a permit for meeting.
Meanwhile Kawambwa Police officer – in- charge was heard pleading with Kawambwa Central FDD aspiring Candidate Alice Kapasa to end the meeting because her permit did not indicate that Party President Edith Nawakwi would be attending the meetings.
He was heard saying the police had respect for Ms. Nawakwi as FDD President and would like to protect her. He told Ms. Kapasa that she did not understand what was happening were he was from adding that the only program they knew as Police was for the FDD Party and not the party President.
Seeing that they had failed, the cadres, who were led by Ben N’gombe from Kawambwa town embarrassingly drove off while shouting insults and threatened to burn one of the cars on the FDD entourage together with the driver.
And speaking to the police later Ms. Nawakwi told them to start protecting PF cadres because they were becoming a danger to themselves.
She stated that the provocation was getting out of hand and that one day she will not be able to control the crowd as people were getting tired of the nonsensical behaviour by the PF.
“Next time when we are having a meeting I think the word you should send to the PF is that they should be reasonable enough not interfere with other people because by the time you arrive these people would have been injured because they are just a handful against a crowd so in future the people who are in danger are the PF cadres because the provocation which they are instituting on others is too much,” the FDD leader told the police.
She also told the officer – in – charge to tell the District Commissioner to round up his cadres and ensure that they do not go round harassing people for no reason.
Ms. Nawakwi is in Kawambwa to officiate at a number of training meeting for FDD members and small scale farmers who have received Soya Beans seed under the FDD Start-Up Grants program.