THE United Party and National Development (UPND) says it is living in fear following the raiding of the party’s vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba premises along Luanshya Road in Lusaka where an assortment of dangerous weapons were seized.
UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma said party president Hakainde Hichilema and his vice for administration Mwamba had not committed any criminal offence but feared that they could be arrested to stop the duo from campaigning.
But Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja said the police were still investigating how Mr Mwamba’s warehouse had been turned into a Gym that was partly an armory and that a comprehensive statement would soon be made.
Mr Kakoma said although the UPND leadership was under threat of being arrested, it would continue with its campaigns and claimed that it was the strategy of the Patriotic Front (PF) to use scare-tactics against the opposition political party to dampen its mood to campaign.
He said in an interview yesterday that the UPND was not going to silenced and claimed that the opposition political party had reached a point-of-no-return in its quest to form the next government after the August general elections.
Mr Kakoma said it was the mandate of the UPND as an opposition political party to provide checks and balances to the ruling party and it was therefore bad politics for Government to intimidate opposition political parties.
“All the leaders in the UPND are living in fear and waiting to be arrested after the raid at our party’s vice-president for administration’s property on Saturday.
Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba have not committed any crime but we understand that the PF has resorted to scare-tactics as a means of instilling fear in our leadership. But we are not going to be silenced and let our colleagues in the ruling party know and accept that we are going to continue with our vigorous campaigns.
The UPND has reached a point-of-no-return in its quest to form Government and we are not going to be stopped,” Mr Kakoma said.
Mr Kakoma said the UPND was concerned with the continued detention of its cadres who were arrested on Saturday for what police termed illegal drilling and hoped that the youths would be taken to court soon.
He said according to the law, no citizen was supposed to be under detention for more than 48 hours after being arrested and that the State should have taken quick steps to let the cadres appear before the courts of law.
On the military camouflage that some political parties youth wings were using to protect their leaders, Mr Kakoma said the UPND had long banned its cadres from using military fatigue.
He said the attire for the UPND youth wing was a red overall and a red cap and accused the PF youths of having defied President Edgar Lungu’s order to stop using military attire.
Mr Kakoma said there was a danger that some criminals could easily take advantage of the military uniform and commit crimes under the guise of providing security to their leaders.
He said if the Inspector General of Police was going to call for a meeting of political parties’ secretary general to discuss the use of camouflaged military attire, the UPND would be willing to be part of the meeting because the opposition political party abhorred violence.