Power and Politics

‘Don’t be cry babies’, ruling UPND urges PF to stop raising the alarm on use of violence in campaigns


United Party for National Development (UPND) Chililabombwe District Coordinator, Obvious Mapulanga, has said the Patriotic Front (PF) should not be ‘cry babies’ trying to gain sympathy from the public.

He said while campaigns during PF’s reign were associated with violence, they were surprised with the peaceful atmosphere at which election campaigns in Chililabombwe’s Chitimukulu ward were being held.

“PF accusing our camp of fanning violence, wonders shall never end, since the campaigns for the forthcoming local by-election, there has been peaceful campaigns but the PF is accusing us of attacking some of the leaders at church, they should not be cry-babies,” Mapulanga said in an interview on Wednesday.

He said despite provocation, the UPND would stick to its non-violence motto as espoused by President Hakainde Hichilema.

The district leader said the ruling party was a much-disciplined party hence cannot engage in political violence.

UPND Chililabombwe District Media Director, Henry M’hango, said it was a lie that UPND members from Chitimukulu ward in Chililabombwe beat up a PF member.

Read more: PF challenges Electoral Commission to show integrity by barring UPND candidates from by-elections

“UPND is a very peaceful party with the aim of serving the country diligently. PF are a bunch of frustrated party liars nursing the wounds of losing the 2021 general elections,” M’hango said.

He said in a separate interview that PF can never change because they were used with wafting violence.

“We now believe that the PF are scared of our incoming councilor for Chitimukulu Solomon Banda,we have established 10 command centres in  Chitimukulu ward,” M’hango said.

The Socialist Party (SP) is fielding Ruth Luapula, Leadership Movement (LM) candidate is Maliseni Malwa, Donald Mwape is coming from PF, National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s Adrian Lupiya and Lumbala Kawilila from Citizens First party respectively.

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