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SUSPECTED UPND CADRES THREATEN TO GRAB STALLS FROM KAMWALA MARKETEERS

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SUSPECTED UPND CADRES THREATEN TO GRAB STALLS FROM KAMWALA MARKETEERS

By Patricia Male and Lukundo Nankamba

Suspected UPND cadres have gone on rampage threatening some makeshift stale owners at Kawamala Market to forcibly grab their shops.

The marketers who have complained of victimization from the purported cadres have explained that the cadres are being led by Francis Mwamba who claims to be UPND ward youth chairman and is threatening violence if makeshift stale owners do not surrender their stales located near Kafue roundabout.

One shop owner James Mweenda has explained that when he passed through his shop, he was told that the shop he owns is no longer his.

Mr. Mweenda has explained that the marketers voted for President Hichilema because they were tried of victimization by PF cadres but is saddened that the alleged UPND cadres are now behaving like the PF.

The marketers have since appealed to president-elect-Hakainde Hichilema, the Lusaka City Council and the Police to quickly intervene.

Meanwhile, Patriotic Front is saddened and concerned with continued reports of harassment and beating of its members in communities and trading spaces by UPND cadres and sympathizers since the announcement of Mr. Hichilema as Zambia’s 7th president.

PF Media Director Antonio Mwanza says it is unacceptable that over a week after elections were conducted and the winner declared, spates of attacks on its members have continued and, actually, increased.

He explains that party members are living in fear and many have gone into hiding as offices across the country are being vandalized or taken over by the UPND, despite the lease and occupational business arrangements that exist between the PF and property owners.

And UPND National Youth Chairman Gilbert Liswaniso has appealed to party members to avoid victimizing PF members in markets or anywhere.

Mr. Liswaniso has further urged UPND members to avoid caderism and lawlessness despite the hardship they suffered at the hands of PF cadres while in opposition because now is time to unite the country. PHOENIX NEWS

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