PATRIOTIC Front (PF) youths in Lusaka yesterday protested against United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema and denounced him for allegedly branding Davis Chama a lunatic.
The PF youths lead by the ruling party’s media team member Benja Siwila have petitioned their leadership to immediately commence legal action against Mr Hichilema so that he could medically prove that Mr Chama was a lunatic.
The youths who gathered at the PF secretariat have also condemned the alleged violent behaviour by the UPND and pledged that as members of the PF, they would endeavour to condut the most peaceful campaign ever to fulfil the desires of President Edgar Lungu who has been an ardent proponent of peace, unity and love.
Reading a petition on behalf of the youths, Mr Siwila demanded that Mr Hichilema should apologise to Mr Chama and the PF leadership for verbally abusing Mr Chama.
Mr Siwila said youths are extremely disappointed by the vulga language being used by Mr Hichilema and advised Zambians against voting for the UPND because he had demonstrated high levels of immaturity for failing to tame his tongue.
He said Mr Hichilema had on countless times used vulga and derogatory language against President Lungu and the entire PF leadership and that the yoyths had taken it upon themselves to come to the defence of their leaders.
Mr Siwila has appealed to the PF leadership to caution Mr Hichilema against demeaning other political leaders charging that if the UPND leader had ran out of ideas, he should consider leaving the political arena to concentrate on building his business empire.
“We are gravely disappointed with Mr Hichilema, the UPND leader who has exhibted high levels of political immaturity for failing to tame his tongue. Mr Hichilema has verbaly abused our secretary general Mr Davis Chama by calling him a lunatic. We demand an immediate apology from Mr Hichilema and that he should withdraw his insult within 48 hours. Failure to do so, we are petitioning the PF secretariat to commence legal proceedings against the UPND leader. As we go towards the general elections this year, we want to conduct the most ever peaceful campaigns based on issues and not violence, name calling and insults,” Mr Siwila said.
He said PF youths who would be involved in violence would not be tolerated as the party had already set a precedence by expelling violent members.
He said those who believed in violence should consider joining other political parties because the PF had been transformed by President Lungu and did not want to be associated with vices such as violence and hooliganism.
Mr Siwila has called on the church to consel Mr Hichilema, Ms Edith Nawakwi, the leader of the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) so that the two opposition leaders could repent and start respecting Zambians.
And in receiving the petition PF deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri said insults and vulga language were not going to make Mr Hichilema win the presidency in the general elections.
Mrs Phiri said it was shameful that Mr Hichilema who had been boasting of being educated could be using language that was uncivil and unpalatable.
“Mr Hichilema has children and one of them has grown and may even marry my daughter and we do not expect him to disrespect other political leaders. As a leader aspiring to take over the leadership of the country, he should be able to respect the people he aspires to govern,” Mrs Phiri said.