The opposition United Progressive People (UPP) is facing eviction from its premises after it was served with a notice to vacate the secretariat by the end of the day today.
UPP President Savior Chishimba said the new owner of the property which the party has rented for the past six years, has increased the rentals by 50% and backdated the increase to 1 January, 2017.
Dr Chishimba said all attempts by management staff to reason with him on account that there is nothing like backdated rental increments have proved unsuccessful.
“Further, he has notified the party that the increase is due to risks that his property is being exposed to following the UPP’s resolve to provide checks and balances through the anti-corruption crusade,” Dr Chishimba said.
“We urge our members and supporters to remain prayerful, calm and united as we deal with this undesirable situation. UPP sincerely appreciates the overwhelming support that we have enjoyed from all Zambians who have sacrificed their resources to fight for dignity and justice for all in our nation,” he said.
He added, “Let us continue on this path and nothing shall stop our determination and commitment to the birthing of a corruption-free and prosperous new Zambia.”