Many Zambians could be forced into exile to seek refuge if HH becomes President-Guy Scott
VICE President Guy Scott has charged that many people could be forced into exile to seek refuge because of violence if UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was elected as president of Zambia.
But UPND vice spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa says the people of Zambia should ignore Dr Scott’s utterances because the Vice President is a joker.
Dr Scott said at press briefing upon arrival in Kaoma that the presence of Mr Hichilema in Mangango in the past few days had witnessed escalating levels of political violence.
“If UPND came to power with this level of violence, then it will be better for Zambians to leave and seek refuge,” said Dr Scott ahead of a series of rallies in the constituency starting with one at Namafulo.
The Vice President said he had spoken to party officials who had however assured him that the ruling party had an upper hand ahead of the polls slated for Tuesday next week.
Dr Scott is in Mangango to drum up support for ruling party Patriotic Front (PF) candidate, Lyambai Lingweshi who is facing five opponents in the Mangango by-elections.
“The Problem here is Hakainde Hichilem, he is undermining the peace,” Dr Scott said. “But I have spoken to our campaign manager, the national chairperson and party officials and am certain we have the upper hand.”
“I am satisfied that our cadres have restrained themselves and I know that the point for UPND was to intimidate the voters so that they don’t go to vote.”
At same briefing, PF national chairperson, Inonge Wina noted that the situation in the area had become worse particularly when Mr Hichilema addressed a rally at Chilombo grounds in the constituency.
“We have gone to the extent of restraining our youths from retaliating from the attacks perpetrated by the UPND, and our youths have managed to restrain,” she said.
She said the party was however concerned that the violence could intimidate the electorates and shun away from voting on Tuesday.
“The people here do not know violence, but we are concerned because people may feel intimidated during the time of voting. We are happy because your presence here will boost the morale,” she said.
Earlier, PF campaign manager, Obvious Mwaliteta said the party was busy delivering the message about development in a peaceful manner.
Mr Mwaliteta claimed that the intentions of the UPND was to force the cancellation of the by-elections because of violence after realising that the opposition party had nothing to tell the people of Mangango.
But in an interview, Mr Mweetwa who disassociated the UPND from acts of violence in the area said the opposition party condemned any form of violence regardless of who was perpetrating it.
He said it was lack of seriousness to suggest victory for the UPND leader could result into exodus of Zambians to seek refuge.
“But we know that he is a comedian and he can continue with his comedy while we are busy campaigning and they are on the verge of defeat in Mangango.
Apart from Mr Lingweshi, the by-elections are beng contested by MMD’s Charles Mwenzala, Mweene Naluwa from the Alliance for Development and Democracy (ADD), Janet Chingumbe of UNIP and Godwin Putu of UPND as well as Mukumbuta Kabuyana from Fourth Revolution Party.