TRADERS at Lilanda market in Matero constituency who are Patriotic Front (PF) supporters have been harassed and their posters removed by the market executive officials who are United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres.
A welder, Michael Musonda, said that cadres from the UPND had taken over the market and were now harassing traders believed to be PF supporters.
He said the executive at the market has removed all President Edgar Lungu’s and other PF campaign posters from the market.
The UPND cadres have allegedly taken over the market and only left UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s as well as all other UPND aspiring candidates’ posters.
The entire market executive which was said to be UPND had instructed that all posters for the Patriotic Front (PF) and President Lungu be removed both inside and outside the market.
Mr Musonda told Daily Nation in an interview yesterday that those believed to be supporters of the ruling party were being harassed by the executive officials who had ordered them not to put any posters of President Lungu anywhere in the market.
Mr Musonda, who said the traders were submissive because they did not want a confrontation, appealed to the authorities to address the situation before violence erupted.
“Business is not going on very well because the market executive officials are harassing every trader believed to be PF. We are not doing our businesses freely,” he said.
Mr Musonda explained that the executive had issued instructions that all PF campaign materials be removed from the market.
“As we are speaking all the PF campaign posters have been removed from the market. They have told us to remove even those outside but we have refused,” Mr Musonda said.
Mr Musonda said traders were now conducting their business in fear because they were being harassed for supporting PF.
“The market is a cooperative but the entire executive which is currently in office is all UPND. They don’t want to see any posters for our president inside and outside the market,” he said.
Another trader David Kachola claimed that the executive officials had warned traders who were PF supporters that they would be chased out of the market if UPND happened to win the August election.