By CHIPEMA SAKAIMBO –
THE Patriotic Front (PF) has denied allegations by the United Party for Nation Development (UPND) that the opposition party supporters have been banned from conducting business on the streets and bus stations by PF cadres.
PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya said business executives and women should never be categorised as UPND or PF cadres, and described the accusation as laughable and nonsensical.
Mr Bwalya said the opposition party was creating propaganda aimed at neutralising the poor perception and image they had created for themselves.
“It is clear that in Namwala, Tongas are the ones that have displaced the Bembas or rather PF supporters who went there for business,” Mr Bwalya said.
He accused the UPND and its leadership of being behind the burning down of property in some parts of the country, thereby compromising peace in their strongholds.
Mr Bwalya said what was obtaining on the ground was that the UPND was using propaganda to assert themselves with regard to the violence that was happening in Southern Province.
Recently, violent activities in Southern Province and Lusaka were recorded with some people displaced and their property destroyed.
However, President-elect Edgar Lungu vowed to contain the situation as he had the responsibility as commander-in-chief of the armed forces to protect the lives and property of the citizens.