Zambians can now see that UPND has continued with its violent ways despite a peace agreement in March, says Patriotic Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya.
He however said there was need for peaceful and issue-based campaigns ahead of the August 11 elections.
Mr Bwalya reiterated that the PF would always remain committed to upholding the outcome of the March 29 peace Indaba.
He accused the United Party for National Development (UPND) of causing political violence in the country, citing the attack on PF Matero offices on Sunday and youth mobilisation rally in Monze recently as examples of UPND’s violent behaviour.
“PF has always preached peace but many Zambians have heard the leadership of the UPND accusing our party of flouting what political parties that participated in the Peace Indaba agreed upon.
“We are happy to note that Zambians are seeing for themselves how UPND has continued with their violent ways. For example, what happened recently in Matero and at a Youth Mobilisation rally at Manungu ground in Monze town, all that was caused by UPND,” Mr. Bwalya said.
He stated that the PF was aware of UPND’s plan to escalate violence ahead of the forthcoming general election while accusing PF of instigating the vice.
“We have heard leaders in UPND using words such as Armageddon which don’t promote peace. As a matter of fact, the allegation that our party will rig the forthcoming elections is part of the plan to incite violence after voting,” Mr Bwalya said.
He urged the Zambia Police Service and other law enforcement agencies to do more to stop the UPND from making the country ungovernable.
Mr Bwalya indicated that the PF was determined to run an issue based election campaign devoid of violence.
He warned PF members against retaliation when attacked, advising them to instead report to the police.
“We urge the police to look into this matter, and also our members to do everything possible to promote peace during the election campaign period and beyond. We advise our members to avoid violence even under extreme provocation,” he said.