Police in Lusaka in the early hours of this morning raided UPND Head Office and forcibly entered the offices and picked up staff and volunteers for questioning.
UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka confirmed that the raid is part of the PF Government’s persecution and abuse of the UPND.
Mr Katuka said entry to the offices was forcibly obtained and that UPND staff and volunteers at the centre were roughed up and taken in for questioning by police.
“It is unclear to us on what grounds this assault was conducted. This office is a regular party campaign centre, coordinating some of our outreach efforts to new and existing members in Lusaka and beyond. What was the suspicion and where is the evidence to suggest that there was any legitimate reason for the offensive? There must be clear grounds for such an assault, or can we no longer call ourselves a functioning democracy,” Mr Katuka said.
He said the PF’s destruction of Zambia’s political stability and the escalating violation of the basic rights of Zambians continue as it struggles to hold on to power at all costs.
“We will not be intimidated by such moves. We will continue to speak out against such injustices.”