Power and Politics

Lusaka chapter of UPND denies cadres, backs Hichilema’s directive to arrest looters in Bauleni


The ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) in Lusaka Province has endorsed President Hakainde Hichilema’s call for the police to arrest cadres responsible for looting shops in Lusaka’s Bauleni area recently.

Addressing a press conference in Lusaka on Wednesday, President Hichilema instructed the police to apprehend the individuals who terrorized and looted shops in the Bauleni compound.

Onvious Mwaliteta, the UPND Provincial Chairperson, condemned the acts of political hooliganism and affirmed that such behaviour would not go unpunished.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday, Mwaliteta emphasized that the UPND was a peaceful political party committed to restoring human dignity.

He vowed that the UPND leadership in Lusaka would not tolerate actions that threaten peace and public order.

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“We fully support President Hichilema’s directive against hooliganism, cadreism and impunity, whether by our members or those who misuse our red regalia to commit crimes thinking they will be protected,” Mwaliteta declared.

He reiterated that the party was founded on the principle of the rule of law and would uphold democratic principles.

Mwaliteta reminded Zambians of the dehumanization they suffered under Edgar Lungu’s Patriotic Front regime, stressing that the UPND would not allow a repeat of such behavior.

“Those masquerading as UPND cadres and disturbing the peace of innocent people will be dealt with firmly and proportionately,” he warned.

Mwaliteta also cautioned that individuals engaging in politics of insults, hate speech, and divisiveness, rather than promoting unity, will face legal consequences.

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