CHILANGA: POLITICAL LANDSCAPE HOSTILE–UPND

The United Party for National Development (UPND) media director, Ruth Dante, has described the current political landscape in Chilanga Constituency ahead of the June 5 parliamentary by-election as fragile.

Meanwhile, the Patriotic Front (PF) media director, Sunday Chanda, has said that his party will discipline any of its members who will be found engaging in political violence ahead of the Chilanga parliamentary by-election.

Ms. Dante alleged  that the country’s political landscape had never been friendly for the UPND, especially during election time.

She also disclosed that as a party, they were not scared of anyone trying to harass, intimidate or deter them from their campaign agenda, adding that they would remain focused on their agenda without any fear.

And Ms. Dante said the PF’s condemnation of violence was hypocritical, adding that their cadres were the ones who were always in the forefront inciting violence.

She urged  the PF to prioritise facilitating for peace, saying condemning violence by word of mouth was not enough.

Ms. Dante since called on President Edgar Lungu to issue a decree to stop violence in the country instead of just focusing on offering leap service towards it.

In response, the PF media director, Sunday Chanda, said the Republican President, His Excellence Edgar Chagwa Lungu, and the current Chilanga Constituency campaign manager, Jean Kapata, were on record of having called for peace and tranquility in the forthcoming Chilanga Constituency by-election.

Mr. Chanda castigated the UPND for allegedly calling for violence in the forthcoming by-election.

Mr. Chanda since called on all electorates in Chilanga Constituency to vote for their nominated candidate in order for more development to flourish in the area.

The two media directors made the remarks when they featured on UNZA Radio’s Lusaka Star programme recently.

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