Patriotic Front (PF) Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri said that the people who attacked a meeting of Muslim women addressed by Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader Edith Nawakwi were FDD polling agents seeking payment.
Mrs Mumbi said that the FDD leader should pay all the polling agents instead of accusing the PF of being behind the attack on the Mtendere mosque.
Ms. Phiri said that it is sad that the opposition political parties are insulting the president on petty issues instead of engaging the PF leadership, before adding that such uncultured behavior was unacceptable.
Mrs. Phiri stated that opposition leaders should respect the president and accept that he is their president until the next elections.
Mrs. Phiri said that it was unfortunate that opposition parties in Zambia have reduced themselves to mere groupings of alarmists and propaganda bearers, stating that the language of opposition leaders has become not only disgusting but inciting too.
She said that the opposition have abandoned democracy and embraced the culture of insulting the President
However, FDD has refuted claims by the ruling PF that the cadres who attacked FDD Leader Edith Nawakwi’s meeting in Mtendere were demanding to be paid their dues as polling agents during the 2015 Presidential by-election.
FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said that all FDD polling agents were paid just after the elections. Mr. Mwanza said that the cadres who attacked Ms Nawakwi were hired by the PF as opposed to claims by the PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri that those who attacked her were unpaid election agents.
Mr. Mwanza said that it was disappointing that the PF leadership has refused to accept the responsibility of the Mtendere Mosque attack by their cadres on Tuesday. Mr Mwanza further said that his party has resolved to retaliate aggressively whenever they are attacked by PF cadres during their ongoing party mobilization.
Mr Mwanza has observed that the failure by the PF Leadership to take responsibility of violent acts by their cadres is in fact motivating them to engage in such negative vices.
Meanwhile, the Zambian Voice has urged political parties in the country to deal firmly with their cadres found perpetrating violence.
Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali said that as the Country heads towards holding the 2016 tripartite elections all political parties should ensure that their cadres uphold discipline.
Mr Tayali said that political leaders should take drastic decisions such as suspending the membership of cadres found engaging in violence.
Mr. Tayali said that his organization believes this will send a strong message to would be perpetrators of political violence.
He further advised political parties against engaging in acts that are in conflict with the law.
And PF Lusaka province youth information and publicity secretary Stanley Chiumya has urged his fellow youths in the ruling party to guard against being used to perpetrate acts of violence against other parties.
Mr. Chiumya has advised PF youths to realize that they are only denting the image of party and republican President Edgar Lungu by allowing themselves to be used as tools for violence.
He has also reminded PF youths that President Lungu has pledged to govern the country based on the One Zambia One Nation motto.