United Party for Natiional Development (UPND) Vice President Geoffrey Mwamba has charged that his party will not participate in the Unite and peace campaign which PF has organized because his President Hakainde Hichilima is still being subjected to torture.
Mr Mwamba noted that it amounts to immorality for his party to participate in such a program when Hichilema has been subjected to abuse and continued detention for no apparent reason.
He said President Hichilema has been subjected to filthy conditions and later on treated as a criminal as evidenced from the manner he is been dragged from one place to another.
The UPND Vice President alleged that over 3000 members of the UPND across the country have been arrested on trumped up charges, some of them on non- bailable offences.
Mr Mwamba said Obvious Mwaliteta, Musichili and many others have been in detention for close to a year for.
“Some of our brothers and sisters have been brutally attacked by PF cadres for simply belonging to the UPND,” He said.
He pointed out that PF colleagues have already judged them as the ones behind the burning and destruction of important infrastructure in the country without any thorough investigation by the police.
“As UPND, we wish to thank Kelvin Bwalya Fube (KBF), Emmnanuel Chilekwa and all the organizers of the Unity and Peace campaign for extending an invitation to the UPND leadership to participate in the Saturday’s program. As much as we would like to participate in such important programs, our hands.”, Mr Mwamba noted.
He also said in Bemba that ” Uwawa tabula akabepesho” ( when people hate you, you are accused of raising dust even where there is water) .
Mr Mwamba said the real need for Zambians is food on the table, drugs in hospitals, education for their children, employment, and not oppression.
“We knew from the on-set that PF had a scheme to declare the state of emergency to target the UPND leadership and the general membership for no reason.” He said.
Mr Mwamba said his party is aware that there is a deliberate scheme by the PF in collusion with the police to arrest his party members on mere suspicion arising from the declared politically motivated state of emergency targeted at President Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND membership.
He said UPND is a law abiding party and that is why it would always go to court for all the grievances.
“We therefore demand for the unconditional release of president Hakainde Hichilema and all our members who are in detention ,then we shall be available for such programs,” Mr Mwamba said .