United Party for national Development (UPND) National Chairperson Mutale Nalumango has revealed that the UPND have had time to sit down reflecting on what happened at Memorial park on Saturday, 24th July and they have nothing but total pain in their hearts that such evils were happening right in Zambia known as a Christian Nation.
Ms. Nalumango said in a statement today that UPND lost a dear party member and people met to mourn, with no politics attached, but only to mourn the late Clance Zulu first at her residence, then at her Church, and finally at her burial site where there was unbelievable fracas.
The UPND noted that the attacked group should not be referred to the as UPND members but as mourners because the attack was not selective.
Nalumango stated that UPND is heavily saddened that the fracas that took place has been termed as a clash in some sections of the media and actually by the Police themselves when it was in fact a brutal attack on all mourners.
She said the mourners were not in a mood to fight anyone and this was evident with the manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the entire process, adding that the ones who were attacked are those that arrived at the burial site.
Nalumango was quick to state that the style of attack was also awkward as what she deemed “the PF thugs” made sure that they demanded for personal items from mourners such as phones, wallets, and other gadgets.
She further noted that in a typical clash, no one can ever find time to rob people, and this is why UPND maintains that it was not a clash but a well-planned and calculated attack by PF on the mourners, affirming that old women were stripped naked; old men were badly beaten and robbed.
“A typical clash, no one can ever find time to rob people and this is why UPND maintains that it was not a clash but a well-planned and calculated attack by PF on the mourners” she said
“The Casket for our departed daughter had to be abandoned, that is how bad things were. It was brutal! We have done a quick investigation as a Party and so far we have identified some culprits who helped to organise the attacks. We can furnish the names to the Police at their request if they need them to further their investigations but whether any action will be taken on these names remains doubtful as precedence has shown reluctance by the Police to persecute anyone belonging to the ruling party”
And UPND National Chairperson Mutale Nalumango has since called on the PF leaders, especially the Party President to take stern action in curbing what she termed as blood thirsty thugs before the country burns down to ashes.
“We cannot over emphasise that we only have one country to call home and the earlier we protect it, the better for all. We also call on the Police to surprise us and at least arrest just one person, at least one only, from the many PF thugs involved”
“We admonish people to call a spade by its rightful name. The UPND has on many occasions been attacked by these PF thugs and the UPND has never attacked except in self defence circumstances and not all the time. By Edgar Lungu and some people pretending that the PF youths clashed with UPND youths is in fact encouraging violence to persist”
“Lungu must outrightly condemn this violence and demand stern action on his own party members if indeed he was displeased with the degrading violence. The UPND remains a peaceful Party and will not degrade itself to such low levels as these, but our peace should not be taken for granted” Nalumango said