The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has condemned opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema for agitating for violence as self-defense.
PF Media Director Sunday Chanda said in a press statement issued to ZANIS charged that “UPND is led by desperate thugs who wish to qualify violence for self-defence”.
Mr Chanda said the UPND is a violent party as demonstrated by its long history of violence exhibited through the Mapatizya Formula and panga for panga approaches.
He said Mr. Hichilema and the UPND leadership have failed to condemn violence and foul language because it’s inherent in them.
Mr. Chanda said Mr. Hichilema and the UPND have become irrelevant to Zambia’s political and democratic dispensation and urged Zambians to ignore the opposition party.
He said Mr. Hichilema who has lost presidential elections five times in a row has become desperate and his loose mouth can inflame the country.
He cited many nations around the world that had been engulfed by violence as a result of hate speech.
Mr. Chanda urged Mr. Hichilema to emulate President Edgar Lungu who has called for non – violence and restraint.