UPND Vice President Geoffrey Mwamba has instructed youths in the party to hit back whenever they are attacked by PF cadres.
Mr Mwamba said UPND youths cannot continue absorbing the amount of provocation from PF cadres.
He said UPND officials have been harassed and beaten up by PF cadres who have also disrupted party events on numerous occasions and that the police have failed to act on such reports.
Mr Mwamba recounted that Monday’s attack on the UPND campaign team in Shiwangandu area in Muchinga was an indication that the PF youths had gone too far.
He was speaking in Lusaka yesterday at the Magistrates Complex when he addressed his supporters.
Mr Mwamba was in court to hear his application to have the case in which he is accused of proposing violence regarding a comment he made that he will go for President Edgar Lungu’s throat.
His legal team had applied that his case be transferred to the Constitutional Court to determine whether the use of idioms in politics was illegal but the court refused to grant the application.
Delivering the ruling, Magistrate Jennifer Bwalya said the defence had failed to raise substantive constitutional matters to warrant referring the matter to the constitutional court for determination.
Magistrate Bwalya said the court had sufficient facts to proceed with trial.
The matter has since been adjourned to 19th July 2016 for mention and 19th August for commencement of trial.
Addressing his supporters outside court, Mr Mwamba who is also UPND presidential running mate charged that President Lungu has failed to handle political violence.
He however cautioned UPND cadres to refrain from causing violence but that they should be quick to defend themselves whenever they are attacked.
Mr Mwamba said it was clear that the PF youths in Shiwangandu intended to cause a plane crash by stoning the helicopter in an effort to have it crash land.
Meanwhile, PF cadres went on rampage in Lusaka’s Northmead shopping area and destroyed vehicles and property belonging to people suspected to be members of the PF.
Around mid-day, a large group of youths clad in UPND attire mercilessly destroyed vehicles and makeshift stalls belonging to people who were wearing PF attire.
The UPND youths were heard shouting that they were attacking PF members in Northmead in revenge attacks on the attacks on their leaders in Shiwangandu.
And a statement the Police Spokesperson said, “We received a report where people clad in UPND regalia drove to Lusaka’s Northmead area and smashed some vehicles that were on sale. The same group later proceeded to Garden compound where they are reported to have assaulted two people.”
“We compile statistics after receiving reports from divisions. Most of them are still undergoing Investigations. Most of these violence happens where we are not present. Hence the delays in concluding Investigations.”