UPND youths in Lusaka are planning to march to the Police Service Headquarters to seek an audience with Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani over unruly PF cadres and selective police conduct.
Party youth spokesperson Gilbert Liswaniso said his party members had suffered enough under the PF leadership in market places and wanted the Police to state its position on the issue.
Mr Liswaniso said on Monday PF cadres brutalized UPND members who own some shops at the town centre market upon coming from Lusaka magistrates’ court where they had gone to give solidarity to their leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema.
“Around 11:00hours PF cadres closed up the shop of our Lusaka vice chairman Mr Jacob Matambo after beating him up,” Mr Liswaniso said.
The following day PF cadres lead by their leader commonly known as ‘White’ allegedly assaulted UPND town centre branch chairman Dalisto Miti.
Mr Liswaniso said it was not only at the town centre where their members were being attacked by PF cadres but even at City Market and Inter-City Bus Terminus.
“What they are doing is that if they know that the proprietor of the shop is a UPND member, they close up such shops and beat the owners,” Mr Liswaniso said.
He said UPND members reported the matter to town centre police post but were referred to Lusaka Central Police station.
“Officers at town centre told us that it was a political matter which can only be handled at Lusaka central police,” Mr Liswaniso explained.
After reporting the matter to Lusaka central police, Mr Liswaniso said nothing has happened to the suspected PF cadres despite helping officers in identifying the culprits.“It is for this reason that we want to seek an audience with Madam Stella Libongani, Deputy IG Solomon Jere or even the commissioner himself Mr Lemmy Kajoba,” Mr Liswaniso said.He said Mr Hichilema had encouraged youths in UPND to desist from being involved in activities of violence and that was why they did not fight back.“HH told us not to be violent andMeanwhile, PF Lusaka youth Chairman Kennedy Kamba has denied having been involved in violence at town centre market.
“Our party is very peaceful and those claims by the UPND are unfounded because we have not received any report of such activities,” Mr Kamba said.