THE behaviour of party cadres who harassed people and attacked the home of Vice President Inonge Wina’s residence in Muoyo royal village at the weekend was an affront to the Lozi tradition and cultural norms and should not be tolerated, says a senior citizen in Nalolo, Prince Muyunda Litiya.
Prince Litiya said the Barotse Royal Establishment was non-partisan and it was taboo to cause trouble in a royal village, saying that politicians should ‘tame’ their unruly members if they wanted to pay courtesy calls at royal palaces.
He said the violence instigated by the cadres at the weekend at Muoyo royal palace had disturbed the royal family and that Lozi royalists condemned such behaviour.
Suspected UPND cadres wearing red para-military uniforms attacked the home of Vice President Wina, beating up her relatives and breaking windows of the house before raiding the homes of ruling party sympathizers in Muoyo royal village while UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was paying a courtesy call on the Litunga la Mboela, Chieftainess Mbuyu Imwiko.
Prince Litiya condemned the violence, saying: “The situation did not depict well our tradition, especially that it happened at the palace, and we want to warn policians not to politicize everything as such conduct is likely to bring division among the people.”
Prince Litiya said he witnessed the scenes at the weekend, adding that police had warned the unruly cadres but they ignored them because they were too few.
He said the political violence that took place at the palace should be strongly condemned, no matter who the perpetrators were.
He said it was unacceptable for politicians to take advantage of the volatile situation in Western Province, saying BRE should not be dragged into such activities.