United Party for National Development Leader Hakainde Hichilema says he is disheartened at media reports that some employees at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola have been suspended for merely allowing him to use the Airport.
Mr. Hichilema says the reports that Ndola Airports Manager Joseph Mumba and security officer Fridah Mupasha have been put on suspension on allegations that they allowed him and his team safe passage and showed courtesy as they always do to any other passenger are deeply troubling.
He said it is unacceptable that UPND should continue being discriminated against for exercising its democratic and constitutional rights to offer themselves to improve the ever deteriorating standards of lives of the majority of citizens.
Mr. Hichilema said UPND Leaders and members have suffered serious human rights violations under the PF regime such as arbitrary detentions, violently stopping them from peaceful assembly and now attempting to deny them access to public facilities such as an Airport.
He said the PF had even instructed the Police to eject the UPND team from a Catholic Church in Ndola on unbelievable grounds that they did not have a police permit to congregate with other Christians, an action not unexpected from the brutal PF regime.
“Our public interactions in Ndola were peaceful and incident free except for the attempted confusion by the police under political instructions. It is heart breaking that the suspended Ndola Airport employees join thousands of other professionals who have lost jobs purely on discriminatory grounds such as their suspected political affiliation and their ethnicity”, He said.
Mr. Hichilema said it is now worse that the National Dialogue Forum has heartlessly resolved that such victims of PF brutality should no longer be on payroll even if they are not paid their benefits, violations being done in an effort to fix one person instead of fixing the crumbling economy.
He however said such repression adds to the UPND’s resolve for a better, united and prosperous Zambia where everyone’s rights and freedoms will be respected regardless of their opinions or where they come from.
Mr. Hichilema says the poverty and hunger levels have worsened in the country because of the failure by the PF to manage the economy, which has virtually collapsed.
He reminded citizens that the persecution of UPND leaders, members and anyone suspected of being its sympathiser is a huge PF project aimed at perpetuation PF’s ruthless rule beyond 2021 which if it happens will be the end of hope for a better Zambia.