United Party for National Development (UPND) Secretary General Steven Katuka has said his party has suffered both physical and emotional abuse at the hands of the Patriotic Front (PF) leadership under President Edgar Lungu.
Katuka, who bemoaned what he termed as abuse to the opposition by the PF led Government, explained that violence has become more pronounced in the last six years of the PF leadership than other successful Zambian Governments.
And Katuka said the demands for the deregistration of UPND are ill-intended and misplaced, adding that the UPND has been at pain more than any other political party in Zambia as most of its members have died at the hands of police service and the PF cadres while others are languishing in prisons across the country.
Mr Katuka has since urged and warned what he termed briefcase Political parties in Zambia to cease being front runners of the PF’s evil scheme of taking Zambia to the one party state, affirming that the PF’s scheme to take back Zambia into one party state will not spare them as opposition political parties in the country, unless they have not intentions of being in Government at some point.
“The briefcase political parties in Zambia should not be used by the PF to champion their evil agenda of taking Zambia back to one party state,” Katuka said
Meanwhile, Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) President Edwin Sakala on behalf of 16 political parties insists that UPND should be deregistered because of that has engulfed the country for some time now.
Sakala further stated that the reason for other opposition political parties in Zambia to demand for deregistration of the UPND is because six months after elections the entire UPND leadership has failed to recognize President Lungu as a dully elected president of Zambia in the 2016 general elections.
“UPND should just be deregistered to curb violence in Zambia and because they have failed to recognize the president six months down the line” Sakala said
But National Restoration Party (NAREP) Lusaka province information and publicity secretary Richard Malilwe has distanced the Elias Chipimo led Party from the group that wants UPND deregistered.
Malilwe said there is nothing wrong with what the UPND has done to deserve deregistration.
Maliwe noted that deregistering the UPND would mean going to the costly exercise of by-elections and currently Zambia has no money to undergo such an expensive exercise.
“The UPND has done nothing wrong and deregistering UPND will be costly to the country” Malilwe said