In an interview, Kaoma district Youth Chairperson Alick Kalimbwe said Kaoma central constituency is a no go area for the opposition UPND party.
Mr Kalimbwe said no any other political party is allowed to erect any ‘flag’ in the locality except for the ruling PF party adding that President Edgar Lungu cannot be compared to FDD’s Edith Nawakwi or Hakainde Hichilema and his UPND or the rest in the country.
He said President Lungu is the Head of State and all other political parties should give him total respect and no any other political party is given chance to campaign or erect any ‘flag’ before parliament is dissolved.
Mr Kalimbwe said President Lungu will win the forthcoming General Elections slated for August 11, this year with the 50-percent-plus-one majority vote.
He said the massive defections of UPND members in Kaoma Central, Luampa, Nkeyema and Mangango constituencies is a sign enough that UPND is dead and buried.
But UPND Kaoma district Coordinator, Kenny Ndumba said that UPND was a listening party as all members have gotten a directive from their political leader Hakainde Hichilema not to engage in political violence.
Mr Ndumba said as a country only one flag with the coat-of-arm is allowed in all institutions and other places in Zambia as such he has given the PF cadres 48 hours in the district to remove their party ‘flags’ erected all over the town centre.
He said if PF cadres will fail to pull down their party flags in the locality, then UPND cadres will as well going to remount their party ‘flags’.
Mr Ndumba warned that any PF cadre who would be found pulling and tearing UPND party ‘flags’ in the area will be dealt with accordingly adding that his opposition political party is popular and has many youths who are able of beating up all PF cadres in the district.
He said UPND cadres have been quite for a long time despite being provoked by PF cadres in the area and that no one in the country is above the law whether from the ruling or the opposition political party.
Mr Ndumba said UPND cadres will not succumb to the day-to-day intimidation being perpetuated by PF members in the district.
Last week there was a near punch-up in Kaoma district when UPND and PF cadres almost clashed as the two groupings were mounting their party ‘flags’ at district’s Kalukungu market.
The fracas started when supporters from the two political parties were trying to outdo each other as they were hoisting their party ‘flags’ at the popular market.
Quick action by police prevented the situation from degenerating and the law enforcers have since pulled down all the 15 political party ‘flags’ in Kaoma’s town centre and markets in a bid to stop clashes between political cadres.
But barely a few days later, UPND and PF cadres again remounted their party ‘flags’ in Kaoma’s Town centre.
And Kaoma Police Officer-In-charge, James Chitembo has advised PF and UPND cadres to learn to co-exist as the mood for campaigns is now gaining momentum.
Mr Chitembo said political party chitenge ‘flags’ will only be allowed at the party offices and not in the business areas.
He said that the electoral Act stipulates that all political parties will only be allowed to campaign when parliament is dissolved.
Mr Chitembo said that the erection of political party Chitenge ‘flags was a source of confusion in the district among political party cadres.