UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has called on President Lungu to stop the political violence in the country perpetuated by PF cadres.This follows the recent murder of a UPND member in Lusaka by PF cadres.In a letter addressed to President Lungu and made available to Lusakatimes, UPND President Hichilema said Mr.Lungu had failed to reply and address concerns raised in a letter written early on 28th January concerning the violence by Patriotic Front members. Mr.Hichilema said since then the violence has escalated.
The UPND president said the latest ugly incident occurred on 23rd February when known PF thugs brutally murdered UPND member Grayzer Matapa in Mtendere compound.The late Matapa had earlier filed a report at the Woodlands Police station of the malicious damage to his property by PF cadres.However nothing was done. Mr.Hichilema said the blood of Mr.Matapa is squarely on the hands of PF thugs.
Mr.Hichilema said as president of PF and Zambia,President Lungu had failed to provide leadership by not invoking his constitutional powers to stop this madness.
Mr Hichilema further stated that if the Police can not protect citizens the people have a constitutional right to defend themselves and their property.The UPND president calle don immediate action to stop the carnage and blood letting.
Yesterday President Lungu attributed the death of UPND member Grayzer Matapa to a drunk brawl and called on Zambians not to politicize the death
Chief government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has refuted claims made by UPND that the PF government is shielding the people who brutally murdered UPND member Grayzer Matapa over the weekend.
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema revealed in a letter addressed to President Lungu that the late Matapa had earlier filed a report at the Woodlands Police station of the malicious damage to his property by PF cadres but Police turned a blind eye to his plight.Mr.Hakainde Hichilema called on President Lungu to stop the political violence in the country perpetuated by PF cadres.
However Hon Kambwili says UPND should not seek political capital out of the death of a citizen at the hands of criminals. He advised the UPND to desist from politicising the matter as doing so has potential to jeopardize investigations.On behalf of the government Hon Kambwili conveyed his deepest condolences to the family of the late Grayzer Matapa.He said the thoughts and sympathies of the Government are with the bereaved family at this sad and untimely loss