By Nation Reporter
UNRULY United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres yesterday went on rampage, harassing motorists and smashed the car belonging to Patriotic Front (PF) member Benard Shawa along Provident Street in Lusaka.
Mr Shawa was among the victims of the UPND cadres who blocked Provident Road with stones near their secretariat in Lusaka after rumour went round that PF cadres were marching to their party offices.
Several motorists were forced to use alternative roads as the UPND cadres barricaded Provident Street along which their secretariat is situated with stones and threatened to beat up any motorist who resisted their directives.
Another of the victims of the harassment by the UPND cadres, Conix Kalupa, narrated his ordeal to the Daily Nation and described the harassment as distressing.
Mr Shawa wondered whether the violence and lawlessness was what was going to characterise the campaign period but advised that the opposition political party should stop acts of violence.
And Mr Kalupa, who had gone to pick up his child from a nearby school, said the UPND cadres blocked Provident Street from the Great East Road and Broadway road junction and stopped and harassed motorists who attempted to drive along the road.
He however said the cadres did not turn violent apart from threats that they would stone the vehicles of motorists who did not comply with their directives.
Mr Kalupa said pedestrians were however free to walk along the road while all motorists had their routes redirected without giving reasons for their unruly conduct.
“The UPND cadres blocked Provident Street along which their secretariat is located and were harassing motorists who used the road. It was very bad because they had barricaded the road from both sides by huge stones.
‘‘I was going to pick my child from school and I just found the road closed and the UPND cadres were all over along the road. They were threatening to beat up any motorist who was going to dare drive along the road but I did not see them throw stones or damage any car,” Mr Kalupa said.
On Sunday, UPND cadres ran amok and destroyed the PF Matero constituency offices, burning documents and furniture during their public rally which was addressed by their leader, Hakainde Hichilema, vice-president for political affairs Canisius Banda and other leaders.