The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has maintained that has maintained that when attacked by the ruling PF, citizens must stand up and defend both themselves and their rights.
The opposition political party has said that there is nothing wrong for someone to defend himself from unlawful attackers.
UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma said that every person in Zambia has the Constitutional right to defend himself and his property from thugs.
Mr. Kakoma said that Patriotic Front media director Sunday Chanda has continued issuing statements in which he is framing the UPND, who are the victims of their violence, to be violent.
Mr. Kakoma said that the Constitution under the Bill of Rights confers upon citizens the right to defend themselves, quoting Articles 11 (a) and 12 (3) (a) which he said are instructive on the right to self-defence.
Mr Kakoma further said that the Penal Code under section 17 which he said clearly gave power to citizens to defend themselves.
The UPND Spokesperson stated that if PF cadres attack UPND cadres, the UPND members have the right to defend themselves, adding that the PF want to look like saints when they are violent to the core.
Yesterday, PF Media Director Sunday Chanda condemned opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for agitating for violence as self-defense, charging that “UPND was led by desperate thugs who wish to qualify violence for self-defence”.
Mr Chanda said the UPND was a violent party as demonstrated by its long history of violence exhibited through the Mapatizya Formula and panga for panga approaches.
Mr Chanda said that Mr. Hichilema and the UPND leadership have failed to condemn violence and foul language because it’s inherent in them.