PF insists UPND is behind vendor riots

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Davies Mwila

The ruling Patriotic Front has continued to accuse the opposition UPND of being behind the riots in the wake of the removal of street vendors from town and has asked party president Hakainde Hichilema and the rioting vendors to apologise to the party.

PF Secretary General Davies Mwila in a statement has said that his party’s security wing has done investigations and has credible information that the riots are being sponsored by the UPND leader.
Mwila said the vendors and Mr Hichilema to write letters of apology to his party or he will ask the security wing to move in.
Below is the full statement as issued by the PF SG.
The Patriotic Front has sufficient evidence that riots taking place in the country are mainly happening in the UPND strongholds such as Kanyama in Lusaka and the latest being in Ndola on the Copperbelt today.
We are now therefore, demanding for maximum discipline  to these street vendors who are all known UPND cadres and being encouraged by their Leader, Hakainde Hichilema who has called for unity in the country.
Considering the above, we further urge the street vendors and Mr Hichilema to write letters of apology to our party, PF over their conduct or we ask the security wings to move in.
We are aware that Ndola, being the UPND newly-founded stronghold as they claim, our party security wing has briefed us that these riots will be extended to Kitwe, as UPND claims that it is also their new stronghold.
We want to call on the security wing to move in quickly and stop these unbecoming street vendors who want to hold His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at ransom.
Our party leadership is working hard to help these street vendors but seemingly they are obsessed with Hakainde Hichilema as their Leader.
We want to urge the street vendors who have been making our country dirty that we will not entertain their utter reverse thinking because we are in a hurry to develop this country. *Sela tubombeko!*
Those that feel left out and complaining  and or indeed thinking that we need their votes, we will not bow to their unsubstantiated claims.
We are saving lives and it does not matter if others will die of hunger as we chase them from the streets and prevent cholera, just like what the Local government minister said, Hon. Vincent Mwale, we have no enough trading places for the street vendors so those without a place must stay home or go back to their places of origin.
The Patriotic Front is determined not to allow street vending and anyone who wishes to continue doing so, they will do it at their own risk as the Police, our Army will move in and arrest them.
Let me make it very clear that the Party leadership supported the decision that had been taken by the His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu that these vendors moves out the streets with or without cholera in 2016 and spilling into 2017.
Today, Zambia has a phenomenon called street vending and this can be traced largely to a mismanaged economy not by us as Patriotic Front but previous governments such as UNIP and MMD.
 Zambia is a land with promise, purpose and destiny and Patriotic Front can assure Zambians in the informal sector, not the street vendors and traders, that we will do anything to ensure sanity in our country, without leaving anyone behind.
Thank you

2 Responses to PF insists UPND is behind vendor riots

  1. Davis mwila stop lying!! When PF fail to solve vendors problem, the consquenses that ensue are not caused by anyone! That is a blue lie!! How many times have riots happened in zambia by marketeers, university students, etc? before even PF or UPND were formed? Is it UPND who was causing them? People will only respect you by being sincere in whatever you speak and not pointing fingers at UPND at the failures of PF. If your thinking has come to an end let me advise you! “Kindly let marketeers continue trading where they have been trading until PF government builds a 3storey market building at soweto and lumumba bus stations. Then you can relocate them to that trading space! Because when you wanted these peoples votes, you gave them green light to be in streets! IF IT WAS ELECTION TIME YOU WOULD NOT HAVE CHASED THEM!! So please do what i have advised you and you will not be pointing fingers at UPND. The same PF government will start chasing their children from school next week, where do you want them to get money from?? People are poor and are not as confortable finacially as you are! Kindly Be considerate!!

    shema israel
    January 19, 2018 at 9:02 am

  2. Ba David Mwila, tale mwaikalako panshi mwabwesha ubongo pamo, mwatontonkanya bwino. You are blaming UPND for the riot, well and good. Mwila, dont forget that these vendors ended up being in streets because of your caders who chased them out of the markets because they are UPND. We lost lives in the markets by your party member’s hands regarding themselves bosses to the opposition marketeers. These vendors started selling in streets not because they wanted it but they feared for there lives in the markets including some PF members who were suspected to be in the opposition. Now you should not point a finger at HH forcing people in Kanyama to riot. How did you know that they are all UPND, maybe the one who started the riot is PF? Because even PF members who were on the street are also not happy to what has happened. Think over my brother dont think everyone is comfortable as you are. Elo wilalaba ukuti uli na ECL sajailika.

    January 21, 2018 at 9:39 am

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