The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has accused the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) of being the architect of political violence through it’s infamous Mapatizya formula.
Lunte Member of Parliament Mutotwe Kafwaya told Journalists at the PF Interactive Forum on Sunday at Chrisma Hotel in Lusaka that the political violance which the UPND started in Mapatizya and then taken to Mufumbwe has now become a culture in Zambia.
In order to remove the culture of violence, Kafwaya explained, there is need for all stakeholders to be engaged in finding the solution.
“We in PF are happy that president Edgar Lungu has taken the first step towards ending the culture of violence in the country by openly condemning it and has directed that the vice need to end at all cost.”
Kafwaya expected the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema will reciprocate the call by president Lungu on the need to end political violence and direct his party to dismantle the structures of violence
He said it is important for leaders in the PF and the UPND to sit down and find a mathematical formula to end the political violence otherwise the future of this country is at stake.”
He regretted that the violence being condemned has seen people not only maimed but also injured hence his enerst call end the culture of violence in the country.
“As Zambian, we need to create the culture of peace and the thing that will make the life ease for the people.
Kafwaya also condemned the culture of political tribalism being nurtured in Zambia today saying the trend has the potential to divide the nation.
“Like the culture of violence, political tribalism is causing the people to shun some political parties they are reduced to being mere spectators.
He said the PF under president Lungu arbor the culture of political tribalism.
He also indicated that President Lungu is like by the people of Zambia because he has demonstrated the kind of leadership the country need.
He said come 2021, president Lungu will win the election based on his performance.
He advised the people resisting the decision of the ruling party to endorse president Lungu to be the party’s preferred candidate for 2021 to begin build their capacity to win an election.
Kafwaya is confident that the people of Zambia will give president Lungu because he has demonstrated his capacity that not only to unit the country but also to develop the country.
And speaking at the same function, PF media director Sunday Chanda told the UPND president Hichilama to listen to the call his members has been making for the national convention so that the leaders can get fresh mandate.
He also denied claims by the UPND leader that the PF has a hand to the call by his members for the UPND leaders to seek fresh mandate from the people.
He said the UPND has constitution which demand that, the party call for regular convention.
According to Chanda, the UPND is in breach of not only the party and the national constitution regarding intra party Democracy.
He expressed shock that Hichilema is not moved by the call for convention to elect new leaders.
He said the silence in UPND over the people that want the convention would soon explode because not everyone one is in UPND is happy with HH way of politics.
He claimed that Masebo after making pronouncement of the convention is under attack along with GBM and Nalumango.
Chanda also condemned the attack on the media house that made their way to the totaling centre in the just ended Chilanga parliamentary by election.
He said there was no need for the UPND cadres to attack the Journalists because they are non partisan
He said the UPND does not care about the safety of Journalists and that is why no one from the top party leadership that condemned the attack on Journalists.
Chanda also denied that lose of UPND in Chilanga was about the bad choice of the candidate and not the competition as claimed by the UPND leader.
He thanks bad leadership of HH that the PF has grabbed Chilanga and will enter in the UPND stronghold.
He claimed that there is no growth in the UPND and the UPND is currently on it’s race to the bottom.
He asked the people on UPND were not born to save HH but to be co-leaders.