IT IS true that houses and property belonging to Patriotic Front (PF) supporters’ were burnt by UPND cadres in Southern Province for merely supporting President Edgar Lungu, former Itezhi Tezhi Member of Parliament Greyford Monde has confirmed.
Meanwhile, police in Itezhi Tezhi yesterday arrested a teacher and some UPND supporters who were allegedly plotting to set ablaze the house of a Mr Ngenda, the PF campaign coordinator in the district.
And Mr Monde has complained that everybody who supported the PF presidential candidate Edgar Lungu during the August 11 elections was being ‘‘treated like they have committed sin’’.
Mr Monde, who is former Livestock and Fisheries minister and losing PF candidate for Itezhi Tezhi constituency, was responding to Mr Nathan Chimbwe, a Namwala resident of Cooperative compound, who was quoted in The Post as saying the PF staged the reported violence in the district in order to receive money from State House.
But Mr Monde told Daily Nation that the violence in Southern Province was real and that all those who supported the PF, if known, were being victimized.
“It is as though it is a religion in Southern Province to support the UPND and whoever supported the PF is being treated like one has sinned against God,” Mr Monde said.
He said it was ‘‘a case’’ to have supported the Patriotic Front in the just ended general elections.
Mr Monde said it was true that UPND cadres burnt houses for PF supporters and destroyed their property.
He said some of the victims were still being threatened despite the declaration of President Lungu being before the Constitutional Court.
“So, for this individual to be saying the violence was staged-managed is unfortunate. Which PF supporter would want his house burnt or assaulted just to be in hospital?” he asked.
Mr Monde wondered how possible it was for somebody to scheme to burn his own house and flee into the bush or settle at Namwala Boarding Secondary School.
He however said that he did not see any reason for fighting simply because people supported different candidates during the general elections.
Mr Monde said that it was unfortunate that people could joke and publish lies that PF stage- managed the violence, which was real and the victims were still homeless.
“I am not taking it kindly about the happenings in Namwala because right now as I am speaking to you a teacher, while acting together with some UPND cadres, attempted to burn the house of Mr Ngenda, our campaign coordinator in Zone 2 of Mbila area.
“Police have arrested them and they are currently detained at Itezhi Tezhi police station,” Mr Monde said.