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UPND Youths beat their Chairman Liswaniso

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Gilbert Liswaniso

A mob of Youths from the ruling UPND Saturday afternoon descended on their Chairman Gilbert Liswaniso beating him and accusing him of being stingy.

The incidence happened around 14: 00 hrs at a funeral of late UPND Lusaka province Official Brian Mizinga which is being held at Capital Hotel in Lusaka’s Garden House.

An eye witness who chose to remain anonymity revealed to Zambian Eye that the outspoken Youth Chairman was attacked as he disembarked from his vehicle when he arrived at the hotel for the funeral. His Boys who guard him could not stand the mob.

“When he just arrived, we were seated and just saw a mob of youths punching Liswaniso about 20 meters away from were we sat,” the source narrated. “He had to run to where Chairman Maoma, Mwalitete and Anderson Banda were seated. That is how he survived. They were shouting that they don’t want him because he is stingy and he eats alone.”

Liswaniso who escaped unhurt was only saved by the National Chairman Collins Maoma, Lusaka Province UPND Chairman, Obvious Mwaliteta and Anderson Banda.

“It was such a sad embarrassing incidence. The Youths turning against their own Boss and they could not even fear the presence of the National Chairman,” the source said adding that there seem to be a brewing revote against Liswaniso. “He may now have challenges to mobilise the Youths. How will he go to Kanyama to mobilise the Youths.”

Maoma warned the Youths against being violent and vowed that investigations will be carried on after the burial and those who will be found wanting will be expelled from the party.

The Ministers are also reported to be scared to go to the funeral as Youths are threatening to sort them out accusing them of eating alone.

There have been some calls from UPND long time members calling on President Hakainde Hichilema to find a solution for the majority unemployed Youths and members who are complaining of not seeing the benefits of forming government. The Youths are now turning against their leaders and the situation will make it difficult to mobilise the party ahead of the 2026 elections.

Zambian Eye, 1st June 2024.

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