HH, Nawakwi condemn violence

Opposition political leaders have condemned the unprofessional and compromised conduct by the Zambia Police, in dealing with cadre violence.

UPND and FDD presidents Hakainde Hichilema and Edith Nawakwi said that police conduct was shocking and life threatening.

Speaking on different forums, Mr. Hichilema said that the attempts on his life by PF thugs while police were watching was shocking.

Mr. Hichilema said that it was the first time in the history of the country that police watched as innocent Zambians were threatened but too scared to report criminal matters to them.

And Mr. Hichilema said that the PF government was breeding militias which would be difficult to control in the next few months and if President Michael Sata did not stop the militias eventually go for him.

He warned that the militia the PF was breeding would soon turn against the very leaders who have set it up.

He said that President Sata should stop the militias by having them arrested.

Mr Hichilema has also asked his members not to return violence with violence saying that the acts of violence by the PF were a scheme to declare a state of emergency for the PF to remain in power indefinite.

And Forum for Democracy and Development president Edith Nawakwi says that if nothing is done to stop the violence by the PF thugs, the country will soon degenerate into anarchy and civil strife.

Ms Nawakwi said that her party was disturbed at the high levels of violence in the country.

“FDD is gravely worried with the wave of political violence that has engulfed our country. If nothing is done to stop this violence our country will soon degenerate into anarchy and civil strife which will be difficult to end,” she warned.

Ms. Nawakwi observed that the violence being experienced in the country was as a result of failure by the PF to embrace democracy in its full sense of tolerating divergent views, stiff competition for public office and an obligation on the part of those in leadership to publicly account for their actions.