UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has survived Police shootings in Chingola on his way to a local Church.
There was chaos this morning as heavily armed Police were seen cruising up and down Chingola’s main roads as they attempted to stop UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’s motorcade.
In a statement, Mr.Hichilema said,” This is barbaric and we won’t tolerate it anymore. On our way to Church, the Police under instructions blocked us and started firing gunshots, tear gas canisters and all manner of weapons at us.To the normal Police, we say stop fighting us on behalf of the corrupt few because we are actually fighting for you.
And to the PF we say your time is up and whatever you try and do won’t stop Zambians from taking you out of the picture. They don’t want us to worship, they don’t want us to do roadshows, they don’t us to fight poverty but we are resolved and we shall ensure a better and safe Zambia for all.Their attempt on our lives will be met with the equal measure from the giver of life, God Almighty.
We feel for these Police officers but our advice to them especially those ones willing and ready to kill us or any other citizen on behalf of PF is that we are doing this for you, your family because we live in the same communities impoverished by the corrupt few.This too shall pass and in two months time when in office, Zambia shall be back to a Democratic State.When the time is ripe, not even a gun can stop it and it’s time.
Meanwhile Senior Chief Mukuni said he will personally hold President Edgar Lungu responsible for any harm on Hakainde Hichilema.
In a statement released to the media Senior Chief Mukuni said this morning’s incident in Chingola where Hakainde Hichilema’s motorcade was ambushed by Police and shot at is a very dangerous event that could quickly escalate into something that would be difficult to control unless Mr Edgar Lungu takes national security as his priority.
Cabinet has been dissolved and the chain of command in which instructions are issued has been reduced. Shooting at an opposition leader who commands so much national attention 3 months before an election cannot be a decision of an Inspector General of Police, but that of the Commander in Chief himself. The President must not risk national unity and peace for his own political reasons. There is so much at stake in terms of peace.
For over half a century, Zambians have worked tirelessly to unite this country and we will not allow it to degenerate into bloodshed because of the recklessness caused by fear and personal insecurity of an individual.
“Should anything happen to Hakainde Hichilema, I am going to hold President Edgar Lungu as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and a political opponent of HH, personally responsible,”
Senior Chief Mukuni of the Leya people of Kazungula, Livingstone and Zimba Districts and all the Bene Mukuni said.
Opposition Movement for Democratic Change president Felix Mutati says the incident in which Chingola police fired live ammunition at UPND Alliance presidential candidate, Hichilema Hakainde’s motorcade on Sunday morning, is the darkest day in the country’s democracy. During an Alliance partners press briefing that was addressed by the chairperson Charles Milupi, who is Alliance for Democracy and Development president, at the MDC secretariat in Lusaka, Mutati said the shooting incident was as a result of growing desperation in the PF camp.
Speaking at the same event, Hichilema’s running mate Mutale Nalumango said the desperate PF were trying to kill Hichilema because it had dawned on them that their time to exit the corridors of power had come, courtesy of the Zambian people. Nalumango said the people will not allow Edgar Lungu to stage a coup on the Zambian Constitution.