The opposition UPND has defended its recently launched Operation watermelon after President Edgar Lungu described it as an evil plan aimed at causing havoc in the nation.
UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka has also denied accusations that the party has a plan in place called Operation Fear, which will unleash violence and fear on voters, are absurd.
According to the Times of Zambia of Tuesday, August 2nd 2016, the UPND will use Operation Fear to unleash a wave of violence and fear on voters ahead of next Thursday’s polls.
But Mr Katuka said such kind of reporting without any reference to facts is extremely irresponsible and only supports PF attempts to create a climate of fear and intimidation ahead of polls.
“It is under the PF that innocent citizens have been shot down by police with no justice, it is under the PF that unarmed civilians have been kicked in the head outside police stations with no one arrested, and it is the PF President himself who took power of his party through a conference decided by pangas rather than policy,” Mr Katuka said.
He said the PF should know that the only operation UPND has active is Operation Watermelon.
“This Operation is 100% peaceful and designed to offer our supporters protection by wearing PF regalia but voting UPND. They need not fear because their vote is their choice and their vote is secret,” Mr Katuka said in a statement.
“We would like to remind voters that as we get closer to elections the PF is desperate to talk only of tribalism and violence because they are not comfortable talking about policy issues such as unemployment and the rising cost of living.”
He added, “I would like to restate here for the record that UPND completely rejects these accusations. Whoever is peddling them is behaving with little regard for the peace and unity of our country. We want change but it will come through ballots not bullets.”