Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema this morning called Police officers manning the Mulungushi International Conference Centre ‘morons and imbeciles’ after they refused his unruly cadres entry into the venue of a meeting that had been called by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
Onlookers were left shocked and in horror as Hichilema went ballistic and demeaned law enforcement officers who were keeping vigil as the function progressed.
The Police Officer had told all party leaders not to come with their cadres because of the nature of the meeting.
PF, FDD, UPP and Rainbow Party Presidential candidates all went in without an escort of party cadres but Hichilema attempted to defy the pattern by going in with cadres bused in from the Southern Province.
An altercation and bitter exchange of words followed, “Do you know who I am you morons? I will fire you if you are playing with me after August” Hichilema thundered before ECZ officials intervened.
After the meeting, UPND issued a statement accusing President Edgar Lungu of not doing enough to curb violence ahead of the August 11 polls.
BELOW IS HICHILEMA’S STATEMENT
UPND Attends ECZ Meeting
Speaking to journalists in Lusaka this afternoon, shortly after attending an ECZ convened meeting on peace, Mr. Hichilema said that President Edgar Lungu and his administration have not acted responsibly to end violence.
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema stressed the need for all political players to uphold peace and denounce violence in the strongest terms. He called on the President to get serious about addressing the escalating violence in the country by ensuring all citizens are offered the protection of the law and law enforcement officials, regardless of their political affiliation, and that criminals face justice for their offences.
A peace accord was proposed during the meeting, similar to the one previously signed during the Church convened political parties Indaba earlier in the year. Mr. Hichilema stated that in order to make sure this accord has more weight than the last document, which was quickly cast aside by the PF, the new accord must specify the rights and obligations to be safe-guarded under the arrangement, including freedom of movement and freedom to campaign.
The UPND President further said it is shameful for any sitting President to watch his people being killed by those wearing state-issued uniforms, without being serious about providing answers and overseeing justice.
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