UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has maintained that party members should be able to defend themselves when attacked by PF cadres.
Mr Hichilema’s was widely condemned when he first made the call last week by some PF officials including President Edgar Lungu who accused him of fermenting violence.
But he has stressed that only those that those in the habit of attacking the innocent are worried by the notion that citizens should defend themselves.
Mr Hichilema was speaking on Sunday when he along with his Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and several other senior party officials attended the the Gonde Lwiindi ceremony.
He told the gathering that when attacked by those who are at variance with divergent views and democracy, citizens must stand up and defend both themselves and their rights.
“As stated by many, self defence is a constitutional and fundamental human right and only those in the habit of attacking the innocent are worried by the notion that citizens should defend themselves,” he explained.
Mr Hichilema also called for unity and peace in order to drive development for all Zambians.
He also called for viable agriculture and economic activities but that all these are only possible when there is no one attacking those who have contrary opinions or indeed better views.