UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has condemned the arrest of members of the clergy and some civil society organization members who attempted to hold a budget analysis meeting in Ndola last Friday.
Hichilema said the PF should stop abusing the police in hiding their corruption and debt crisis.
He said the brutal arrest of pastors and the civil society organization advocating for transparency and accountability on how government and donor resources are spent is a clear indication of the PF’s continued oppression and dictatorship.
“Zambia does not need a regime such as the PF that has robbed citizens of their freedoms of association, assembly and expression. Clearly, due to their corruption, injustices and unprecedented debt crisis, the PF has shown that it will even start following citizens in their homes and arrest them for expressing themselves over things going wrong in our country,” Hichilema said.
He urged the church to remain strong and further encouraged the civil society organizations to place the interests of the country first and ensure those plundering both public and donor funding are held accountable.
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President Lungu congrats PF for winning 10 of the 15 by-elections conducted in North Western, Western and Luapula Provinces yesterday
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has congratulated the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) for winning 10 of the 15 by-elections conducted in North Western, Western and Luapula Provinces yesterday.
And President Lungu has also congratulated the five candidates from the opposition political parties who won the elections.
In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe, the President has also commended all parties for their peaceful conduct during
the campaigning and the voting.
“This is as it should be. At the end of the day we are one, no matter the political differences and the different political parties sponsoring us,” President Lungu said.
UPND both individually and collectively cannot unseat the ruling party, Davies Mwila says
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Davies Mwila says the continued winning of ward elections in the UPND perceived strongholds is a sign that the opposition, both individually and collectively cannot unseat the ruling party.
In a statement, Mwila said in the recent local government by-elections, PF has won ten (10) Wards and that eight (8) of these were in the heart of the opposition UPND.
These recent victories by the PF including those ones in UPND strongholds include some of the following: Nakanya Ward of Nalikwanda, Western Province; Chabale Ward in Serenje, Central Province; Lobufu Ward in North Western Province; Nyoka Ward in North Western Province; Silumbu Ward in Sesheke, Western Province; Imusho Ward in Sioma, Western Province; and Nangweshi Ward in Sioma, Western Province among others,” Mwila said.
He urged the party structures to cement the aforementioned gains in the UPND strongholds, while continuing their efforts to replicate similar results elsewhere.
And Mwila said the continued winning of ward elections in the UPND strongholds is not a fluke but it has become a pattern.