THE United Party for National Development (UPND) should be deregistered for propagating and advocating for violence in the country, Change Life Zambia board chairperson John Chilima has demanded.
Mr Chilima said the UPND had become a vector of violence on the Zambian political scene and that the country’s peace and political stability were being threatened.
Mr Chilima said in a statement yesterday that while the Patriotic Front (PF) and President Edgar Lungu had continued to condemn violence and preaching peace and tranquillity, the UPND had been encouraging its members to use violence as a means of gaining popularity.
He said only dictators and tyrants were in the habit of employing fear among citizens as a way of commanding loyalty and respect and that the UPND had become a perfect example of a political party that would want to gain power by stifling citizens; rights.
He said it was being politically naive for UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma to call for the deregistration of the PF when President Lungu had been heard loudly preaching peace, reconciliation unity and love among Zambians.
Mr Chilima said unless and until the UPND changed its style of politics and started preaching peace, unity and harmony in the country, his organisation would heighten its campaign to have the opposition political party deregistered.
He said Change Life Zambia treasured peace and valued human life than riches and the UPND should not be allowed to sow seeds of despondency in a country that had never known civil strife.
“We are not going to call for the registration of the PF when President Lungu has been preaching peace and unity in Zambia. . The violence that we have witnessed in the past few months is being perpetrated by the UPND and it is unfortunate that Charles Kakoma, the party spokesperson, is happy with his violence in his party. As the Change Life Zambia, we will not relent in calling for the deregistration of the UPND if they are not going to repent and begin preaching peace,” Mr Chilima said.