Unruly PF cadres comprising mostly youths have attacked NDC President Chishimba Kambwili during a live radio programme on Power FM in Kabwe.
The cadres stormed the studio and disrupted Dr Kambwili’s interview.The cadres stormed the studio around 10:00 Hours just when Dr Kambwili was making his concluding remarks.
They forced their way into the studio by breaking the door, demanding that the programme be stopped immediately.
A fracas ensued between the cadres and the NDC team leading to some radio station property getting vandalized.
Police only arrived at the scene 40 minutes after the fracas began despite Kabwe’s central police being located close to Power FM studio station.
The officers failed to arrest the PF cadres who were still at the premises despite NDC media director Emmanuel Malite telling them that they had trespassed and vandalized property, among other things.
Police instead offered to sneak Kambwili out of the studio.
And Dr Kambwili has condemned the thuggery behavior of the PF cadres insisting that the police were afraid to act on cadres.
He accused President Edgar Lungu of sending same the same thugs he sent to beat up protesting council workers to attack him during the radio program.
“PF cadres broke into the Power FM studio insulting and threatening to kill me all because I was on radio, the PF cadres who were armed tore down window panes and broke the radio station property. These are the same thugs Lungu sent on council workers whilst he was in Kabwe at the time of the attack. President Lungu must know that thuggery has no place in our politics and in 2021 he is gone,” Dr Kambwili said.
“You fired me from government because you fear me, you removed me from parliament because you fear me, and now that I am in the opposition you are arresting and attacking me every day. What a coward!”
Dr Kambwili added, “Face me politically not using unruly cadres and police officers to intimidate me. Despite little bruises here and there I am safe and sound. It’s just extremely sad that Lungu has decided to use violence on his opponents.”
“First they went and beat up council workers, today they came to stop the program, unruly behavior; police have been called but they are nowhere to be seen because they have been threatened. What happened in Sesheke has sent shivers to the police, so wherever PF is involved; making noise or causing violence, police cannot move in because they are scared of losing their jobs, they have got families to feed,” he said.
“But I think by and large what the people of Zambia need to do; is to remove these people. I have said on this issue of saying leaders are stealing, I am ready to die. These people, what they are supposed to do is to stop stealing; that’s so. Once they stop stealing, then there will be no problem. But if they continue stealing and when we talk about their stealing, their cadres come to attack us; I am ready to be attacked, even to die on behalf of the people of Zambia. We cannot continue running a country where it’s free for them to steal public resources and when we talk, you bring unruly cadres. For me, I will not be that coward.”
And featuring on the radio programme, Dr Kambwili insisted that there was too much thieving in PF and that party needed to be voted out.
“You were just suffering together these people in government including the president; today they are supper rich and they are giving you hand outs. That won’t be tolerated under Kambwili’s administration. Someone came here and lied to you that he had opened Mulungushi textile, but as we speak, it is closed and now they are even chasing you from the street while they are enjoying your money which they are stealing.”