The Patriotic Front is saddened by attacks against Journalists by United Party for National Development (UPND) members. We are aware that the hardworking journalists escaped from the jaws of death last night as their attackers, UPND members attempted to injure and kill them altogether. These UPND members were executing the Panga for Panga as directed by the top leadership of their Party. What the journalists experienced is just a tip of an iceberg of UPND’s savagery and violence that we have always warned against and in some cases, we have been doubted by some sections of the media. Zambians, Journalists and media houses at large must hold Mr. Hakainde Hichilema and Mr. Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba personally liable for issuing the infamous ‘Panga for Panga’ in Chilanga.
We are ably informed that a bus carrying Journalists from media houses including The Mast, News Diggers and Prime Television was savagely attacked as they headed to the Chilanga Totaling Centre for the final declaration of the just ended Parliamentary by election in which PF Candidate Maria Langa has scooped the Seat from UPND. On board the vehicle was Oliver Chisenga-The Mast, Chambwa Moonga- The Mast, Melony- The Mast, Tenson Mkhala- News Diggers, Wells Chifunda – Prime TV, Mr. Lungu- Driver at The Mast and Mike Sichula-Phoenix FM including Tobias-The Mast. UPND members armed with an assortment of weapons charged at the innocent journalists, damaging their bus, beating and stealing from them while threatening to kill them.
Lastly, we do not blame these cadres but their failed and desperate leadership and in particular Mr. Hichilema who has clearly outlived his usefulness politically. The result in Chilanga therefore is less about Ms. Charmaine Musonda being rejected but more about Mr. Hichilema losing yet again because UPND has refused to adapt by allowing for a change of leadership guard for twelve (12) years. UPND is ready to harm and maim innocent citizens such as journalists on account that the people have rejected them in a democratic process. Due to UPND’s Panga for Panga, today Zambia would have witnessed journalists being murdered in cold blood by those sent by their leaders.