Members of the ruling Patriotic Front in the United Kingdom have said that the much publicized protest meant to be the climax of the UPND social media negative vibe in demanding for the immediate release of their leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema who is currently under detention flopped today.
In a statememt released to the media, PF said that only two people turned up for the protest.
Below is the full statement
STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BY PATRIOTIC FRONT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
PATRIOTIC FRONT CONGRATULATES ZAMBIANS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR SHUNNING THE UPND PLANNED PROTEST AT THE ZAMBIAN HIGH COMMISSION TODAY
London, 20th April 2017, United Kingdom – Earlier today, the Patriotic Front in the United Kingdom called on Zambians here to shun the planned UPND protest which was scheduled to take place at the Zambian High Commission in London from 09:00am to 16:00pm. The protest was meant to be the climax of the UPND social media negative vibe in demanding for the immediate release of their leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema who is currently under detention.
Zambians in the United Kingdom have today proved that they will not take part in activities and agendas aimed at tarnishing Zambia’s image. For a long time now, some known UPND members living in the UK have even gone to the extent of insulting His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and issuing online statements bordering on criminality to the extent of treason.
We wish to officially report that only two (2) UPND members turned up for the protest while Staff at the Zambian High Commission went about doing their work without any disruption whatsoever. The Staff was only alerted by a cleaner about the presence of two men outside the High Commission carrying out what looked like a protest.
We wish to dispel falsehood by some online media that the High Commission remained closed as a result of the protest. We are also aware that Ambassador Muyeba Chikonde is currently in Zambia on national duty.
Once more we wish to encourage the Zambian community over their good judgement to continue shunning any ill-intended activities aimed at tarnishing Zambia’s reputation and drag President Lungu’s name into disrepute because the Country is our common heritage. We live in a country where Citizens respect their institutions and understand that their rights come with responsibilities too.
Signed and Issued By: Arnold Zulu (Mr)
Chairperson – PF in the UK
Vice Chairperson – PF in the UK