PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Davis Chama has been accused of instigating violence in the Mulobezi parliamentary by-election and the UPND says it is considering taking him to court because the Zambia Police has allegedly failed to follow and investigate the violence that characterised the by-election.
But Mr Chama said UPND president Hakainde Hichilema was free to go to court if he had evidence against him stating that the PF had become the most peaceful political party under President Edgar Lungu.
And former Kasama Central member of Parliament Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has claimed that the UPND has penetrated Northern Province by winning a local government by-election in Kasama.
Mr Hichilema announced yesterday that the UPND had realised that the police and other law enforcement agencies were not pursuing leaders of the ruling party allegedly involved in violence and was therefore going to consider private prosecution of Mr Chama and his driver Manjolo.
He said UPND cadres in Mulobezi were allegedly attacked and injured in the violence that characterised the by-election but that it was disappointing that the police had not made any arrest but were instead pursuing the victims of the violence in Mulobezi.
The UPND leader claimed that the police had refused to sign medical reports of the UPND cadres who were allegedly shot by Mr Chama because they feared that they would lose their jobs if the secretary general of the PF was going to be dragged to the police.
Mr Hichilema appealed to President Lungu to continue denouncing the violent cadres warning that if the political envuironment was going to be allowed to deteriorate, the 2016 general elections would end up not being free and fair.
He said should Zambians give the UPND the mandate to govern in 2016, he would ensure that political violence was eliminated within the first 30 days of his presidency.
Mr Hichilema said the culture of guns would not be tolerated should Zambians give him the privilege of presiding over national affairs because cadres from both the ruling and the opposition political parties would be engaged in productive economic activities.
“We are taking Mr Davis Chama with his driver Manjolo to court for the violence that characteised the Mulobezi Parliamentary by-election because the police have failed to follow and investigate the matter. We have been denied police medical reports for the UPND members who were injured but the police are pursuing the victims with the aim of arrssting them. We know it was Mr Chama who fired a gun and we have the evidence,” Mr Hichilema said.
But Mr Chama denied ever getting involved in the Mulobezi by-election violence charging that the UPND leader was only exhibiting bitterness for having lost the January presidential election.
Mr Chama said the PF was focussed on delivering on its campaign promises and was not going to be detracted by the UPND leader who was seeking political attention.
He said he was ready to meet Mr Hichilema and the UPND in court adding that the opposition leader was being fed with a lot of lies by his advisors
“I know he is a frustrated and bitter man but let him proceed to court if he has any evidence against me. I know he has singled me out and my driver and let him not waste time and go to court and we are going to meet. The problem is that he is listening to a lot of lies and he would make a very dangerous president if elected. May be he has a lot of money and he has men who fear him and cannot give him accurate information,” Mr Chama said.
And UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba said the PF was going to suffer a humiliating defeat in Kasama if there would be a by-election in the area.
Mr Mwamba said the UPND had penetrated Northern Province and that the local government by-election victory was a warning that the opposition political party was no longer a push over in the area.
Mr Mwamba said he was going to repeat what he did for the PF in 2006 when it humiliated the MMD, the then ruling party and that he was going to ensure that the UPND recorded its first parliamentary victory in Kasama.