By IREEN MULENGA
United Party for National Development (UPND) has appealed to PF government to respect the will of the people of Zambia on 12th, August general elections.
UPND Chairperson for Mines and Freedom Fighter Percy Chanda said that the MMD Government in 2011 graciously conceded defeat without spilling any innocent blood.
Mr Chanda said that the desperation being exhibited by PF is a sign that they will not concede defeat.
He said Zambians have the right to choose leaders of their choice without any intimidations and the handing of power to HH should be done peacefully.
“We appeal to the outgoing PF leadership to respect the will of the people on 12th August. The MMD Government in 2011 graciously conceded defeat without spilling any innocent blood. But looking at the desperation being exhibited by PF it’s unlikely that they will concede defeat and hand over the instruments of power peacefully to HH. Zambians have the right to choose leaders of their choice without any intimidations,” he said
Mr Chanda said the biggest mistake PF is making is counting the number of bicycles, goats, chickens, money and mealie meal they are dishing out as their potential votes.
He said their reckless behavior will make it very difficult for PF to accept defeat.
Mr Chanda has also appealed to the Electoral Commission of Zambia to ensure that there is peace before, during and after election.
He said ECZ must conduct itself above partisan politics to ensure that there is no violence.
Mr Chanda said that any violence during the August elections the blame will be on ECZ.
He said PF has been campaigning openly and corrupting people while ECZ has approved the electoral malpractices. Therefore, ECZ must approach the August election with a very sober mind to ensure peaceful transition.
“Our Zambia Police is a disaster and we don’t understand why DMMU can’t declare this institution a national disaster. Zambia Police has contributed greatly to the volatile situation obtained in the Country because of selective justice, “he said
He said that the job for the police is to maintain law and order and not boot licking and being used as catalysts of violence.