Power and Politics

Copperbelt UPND youths demand apology from under-fire lawmaker, Zulu


The United Party for National Development (UPND) on the Copperbelt says Lumezi lawmaker, Munir Zulu, should bow to pressure and apologise for ‘lowering’ the integrity of President Hakainde Hichilema.

UPND Kitwe District Chairperson, Boas Kapata, said the lawmaker risked being reported to the police countrywide if he didn’t retract his statement that borders on regionalism .

Zulu has come under fire, with the remarks he allegedly made after he was released on bond in lusaka quoting him as saying that; “I will show that intelligence from a villager from Lumezi is better than that of Bweengwa.”

This has not gone well with the youths and the ruling party rank who have so far reported Zulu to Lusaka and Lufwanyama police stations, as the UPND vows to sort him out if won’t apologise.

Kapata said during a media briefing in Kitwe on Thursday that it was disappointing that some opposition leaders were abusing the new found freedom to start demeaning the Head of State.

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Ndola district UPND Youth Chairperson, Luckson Chisenga, said issuing tribal remarks should attract stiffer punishment.

“Going forward, people who utter tribal remarks should not be given bail but ‘rot’ in jail to curtail the growing trend of tribalism in the country,” Chisenga said.

He also said the intention of the opposition was to create tension in the country so it prolongs the debt restructuring process which he said youths from the ruling party will not entertain.

“The opposition wants debt restructuring to be delayed so that people blame the government. The President has been emphasizing on unity of purpose but it is like Munir Zulu is being sponsored by the Patriotic Front (PF) to delay the debt restructuring negotiations so that if the economy fails, they score political points,” Chisenga said.

He said youths in the country were disappointed that a youthful parliamentarian can engage in divisive tendencies that were capable of destabilising the peace and unity in the country.

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