26 February 2013

Zambia: Arrest Hichilema At Your Peril, UPND Warn Sata

Photo: CDDR-zambia
Zambian police beat and teargas opposition protesters.

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has warned President Michael Sata to arrest its leader Hakainde Hichilema at his own peril following orders to the police in view of the violence in Livingstone.

There are about 12 UPND leaders including campaign manager Garry Nkombo and other Members of Parliament arrested last evening in Livingstone after a suspected Patriotic Front cadre died during clashes instigated by the ruling party.

UPND officials says they are alive to orders issued by President Sata to arrest Hichilema.

"Go ahead but this will not change the resolve by voters in Livingstone to vote back UPND," the officials, through their facebook page, said.

UPND officials, who summoned a press briefing currently underway at the party secretariat in Lusaka, said President Sata should allow investigative wings of government to carry out their work without interference.

"HH was not anywhere near the scene where you sent your carders to attack us. Continue arresting him and victimizing him, people of Zambia are watching. One day we will say enough is enough and you will find yourself in the position we are without the false protection of the instruments of power you are enjoying now," the officials warn.

"Why cant you allow the law to take its course without meddling in it? You will answer for your past deeds."

The UPND officials are also asking President Sata and his supporters not to force them to react to the systematic oppression targeted at them.

Livingstone go to the polls on Thursday where a Member of Parliament will be elected following the resignation of Reverend Howard Sikwela who was enticed to quit UNPD while in Mpongwe, defector Gabriel Namulambe who ditched the MMD, is seeking re-election on the PF ticket.

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