We won’t hit back, says Mumbi Phiri


By Nation Reporter

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri says that the ruling party will not hit back against the opposition UPND following the Matero fracas but will allow the law to take its course.

Mrs Phiri said this yesterday in Lusaka at the party seceratriat at a press conference that the PF would not fight the UPND after they allegedly ransacked their Matero office on Sunday, and described the action as barbaric but that the party would allow the law to take its course.

She accused some media houses of twisting facts to make the people rise against the ruling party but that the media was there to inform, educate and entertain and not to twist facts to suit their agenda.

“We have seen what the opposition are doing trying to disturb the peace of this country. Let me go back to the incident that happened in Matero on Sunday where some of you media houses even twisted the story to start accusing the PF as perpetuators of the violence.

‘‘No matter how much we are provoked we are not going to fight back; whether you throw stones at us, break our offices because if we start fighting back we do not know why our friends want to shed blood or which church they go to or maybe its in their culture. We will not fight back but the law will take its course,” she said.

She also received defectors among them UPND former youth spokesperson Daniel Sichilongo and other 158 youths.

She disputed media reports that the UPND had a peaceful rally and that police tear-gassed them without a reason.

“Some of you reported that the police disrupted a peaceful UPND rally in Matero. What peace was there when they were breaking our offices? Are you telling us that an entire police command can teargas a crowd from  nowhere?

“Reporters, please, if it is Mumbi Phiri, you will grow tired; you started a long time ago but you will not succeed even if you follow me in my dreams,” she said.

She said that at no time did the PF attack or plan to attack UPND on Monday when they had gathered at their party secretariat but that they blocked roads  and that some motorists inconvenienced.

Ms Phiri accused the UPND of perpetuating arnachy in the country and that they intended to cause bloodshed.

“We will not allow anarchy to start prevailing in the country and my late mother used to tell me that when she saw the regalia of the UPND it reminded her of the African National Congress ( ANC) party and blood,’’ she said.

Mr Sichilongo said that he had seen the works of President Edgar Lungu and that he decided with other youths to join the PF.

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