UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says the party leadership restrained its youth supporters from rioting to claim the stolen victory on the aftermath of the August 2016 elections.
Mr Hichilema said the UPND chose the civilised route of going to court where it was let down as the petition was not heard.
He was speaking yesterday when he met a delegation from the Commonwealth led by Deputy Secretary General-Political, Dr. Josephine Ojiambo which is in the country from its London Headquarters.
Mr Hichilema was accompanied by UPND National Chairperson Mutale Nalumango.
“We discussed a wide range of issues regarding the governance of our country from the political environment to the economic situation. We reiterated our call for peace and unity in the country despite the challenging and oppressive environment,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema also called on the International community to be proactive in handling issues as opposed to waiting until there are hostilities and instability in a particular country.
“We maintained that things would have escalated out of hand had we allowed our supporters to get into the streets to claim the stolen victory. We chose the civilised route of going to court where we were let down as the petition was not heard,” he said.
He added, “We put a strong case on what we want to see in terms of reforming institutions of governance such as the Zambia Police, Electoral Commission of Zambia, the Judiciary and others as we believe citizens should have confidence in these governance institutions as a way of ensuring stability and promoting economic development in the country.”