UPND billionaire businessman Hakainde Hichilema has a tendency to either misrepresent or exaggerate facts in order to make contestable claims.
In the September 2, 2015 edition of the Daily Nation, he not only perpetuates the UPND-as-victim narrative but would also have us believe of police brutality against his members pointing to an incident involving his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) in Kasama. Needless to say that the main violators of the Public Order Act (POA) in public places are UPND leaders.
In fact, the party hierarchy has always been making provocative statements against the police and it is finally becoming more politically unruly. And when the police react, the UPND top honchos cry foul.
Shameless as it may sound, the UPND president accused the police of having harassed GBM whom he claimed was still an MP despite the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini having declared the Kasama Central seat vacant.This is with the tacit understanding that GBM had challenged the Speaker’s decision in the courts of law and that the former Kasama Central member of parliament had not been granted a stay to continue attending Parliament.
Annoyingly, GBM baited the trap perfectly and the police fell into it. It’s high time the police knew the UPND’s tactics.