PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda has been attacked and harassed by United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres in Livingstone demanding that he leave Southern Province.
Mr Lubinda, who is in the tourist capital on holiday, confirmed the development which happened yesterday while he was addressing a press briefing at David Livingstone Safari Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River.
He told journalists that the attack happened at Mukuni Park, a curio market where he and his colleagues had gone to pick up their wives who were buying some curio’s.
“I would like to register my outmost shock and total dismay at the conduct of UPND youths clad in their party regalia for denying me the freedom of movement. As we were picking up our wives at Mukuni Park today (yesterday), a group of about six UPND cadres surrounded and approached us asking what we were doing in Livingstone,” he explained.
He said when he told them he was on holiday, they told him to leave Livingstone because they did not want him in the province.
“They demanded that I leave the province because Hakainde told them that I am in Livingstone to pay people money and that I had rigged the elections. I wonder why they think we owe it to them for us to be on holiday,” he said.
Mr Lubinda said that if the UPND thinks he is in Livingstone to pay money to their expected witnesses in their petition, then they should forget about it because he has nothing to do with their petition.
“Why should I pay people I do not know? I now know that the attack was politically motivated…and I would like to tell the nation and the whole world that whatever will happen to me, the UPND and Hakainde will be responsible,” he charged.
“There is no way they can say I should leave Southern Province. I will travel around Livingstone for the period that we are still here and I will not ask for permission from anyone. I do not owe Hakainde and UPND an apology for the loss of the elections,” he said.
The former agriculture minister has also demanded for the retraction of the statement which the UPND losing president issued on Muvi TV on Friday where Mr Lubinda was accused of having rigged the elections in Kabwata.