Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government spokesperson, Dr Chishimba Kambwili has condemned the beating of a teacher in Sinazongwe Southern province for allegedly belonging to another tribe and being suspected to be a Patriotic Front sympathiser.
In a statement released to the media, Dr Kambwili said that the savage beating of a teacher by UPND cadres in Sinazongwe Southern province has again brought to the fore the intolerant nature of the opposition party and their violent agenda.
Below is the full statement
STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON, HON. DR CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI ON THE BEATING OF A TEACHER IN SINAZONGWE SOUTHERN PROVINCE
Government is once again astounded at the violence being perpetrated by the United Party for National Development (UPND).
The savage beating of a teacher by UPND cadres in Sinazongwe Southern province has again brought to the fore the intolerant nature of the opposition party and their violent agenda.
Pamela Chanda, a teacher at Maunga primary school in Sinazongwe, Southern Province, was brutally wounded by UPND supporters and a video of this savage beating has gone viral.
She was attacked only because she is from another tribe and was suspected to be a Patriotic Front sympathiser.
Government has been preaching peace for a long time but it seems there is one party that is fully determined to ensure there is lawlessness in the country and has been encouraging hooliganism among its supporters.
But Government would like to remind the UPND once again that Zambia is a unitary state and Southern province belongs to all Zambians, therefore, no Zambian should be denied the right to belong to any party of their choice and indeed to associate freely with any political grouping anywhere in Zambia.
No tribe or political party has the monopoly or exclusivity in any part or province of Zambia.
Zambia belongs to all the 73 tribes, therefore, it is unreasonable for the UPND to think southern province is politically exclusive to the UPND.
The politics being practised by the UPND, especially, in Southern province are pre-historic but government will ensure any acts of violence are nipped in the bud.
Government will ensure perpetrators of violence before, during, and after the elections are caged and there shall be no selected arrests. All savages, like those in the video brutalising Pamela, will face the law.
Government hopes the police command in southern province shall identify and isolate Pamela’s attackers from society.
We yet again call upon the UPND leadership to educate their supporters about the importance of unity and peace and to control their violent cadres.
Let us live as one regardless of our political affiliation. Let us tolerate each others political views even when we do not agree with them. Let us rise above petty politics. There is only one Zambia one Nation.
Meanwhile, the UPND leader Haikainde Hichilema has released the following statement on political violence
HH Responds to Attacks
The increase in the level of violence in the country since 2011 is deeply saddening. We now hear of violent attacks on a daily basis as perpetrators roam free.
The UPND has been strong in its condemnation of all acts of violence, regardless of provocation but shocking reports of a PF supporter being beaten and killed yesterday have compelled me to address this matter once again.
I want to be clear while there is room for everyone in the UPND family there is no room for violence or threatening behaviour.
Violence stands against everything we are as a party and everything we want for our great nation. It is abhorrent.
We call on our law enforcers, the police and the courts, to bring to justice all those guilty of attacking their fellow citizens, including those who shed blood just yesterday. If these reports are true then regardless of whether the perpetrators are UPND, PF or from any other party they must be held to account for the actions. We will cooperate in any way that we can to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
With just 11 days until elections I want to appeal to every Zambian to come together and put an end to this terrible trend of increasing violence. Only together can we build a country we are proud of and a country our children feel safe in.