Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Suspected PF cadres attack HH in Kasama
By Abel Mboozi
Thu 19 Sep. 2013, 14:01 CAT

SUSPECTED PF cadres in Kasama yesterday allegedly attacked UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and prevented him from proceeding to pay a courtesy call on Paramount Chief Chitimukulu.

And Northern Province police commissioner Mary Chikwanda confirmed the incident but explained that the cadres only blocked Hichilema from proceeding to the palace.

Hichilema in an interview said he was attacked together with his entourage that included former deputy speaker Mutale Nalumango and some members of parliament by the suspected PF cadres who were armed with various dangerous objects.

"As we were heading for Mungwi out of Kasama, we stopped at a roadblock and in few minutes, about 20 vehicles sprang from all the directions and PF 'militias' came out. They whipped us and we had to seek refuge at Kasama central police. As I am talking to you now (yesterday), we are still here and let me state that they will not stop me from seeing the paramount chief because he invited me to his palace," Hichilema said.

He said it was sad that President Michael Sata was drifting Zambia into anarchy by letting PF cadres engage in hooliganism.

"He is the fifth President and so I want to ask where he is running Zambia to, with this kind of hooliganism of his cadres. I have an appointment with the Chitimukulu Mwine Lubemba; I have not addressed a meeting anywhere, so why these attacks?" he said.

Hichilema was saddened that none of the hooligans were arrested, alleging that the police were afraid of acting.

He, however, vowed not to stop visiting any part of Zambia as the country belonged to every citizen.

"I have no fear; I will move to see any Zambian. Nobody attacked us in Solwezi, Mwinilunga, but here we are attacked. I urge Zambians to stand against Sata. Sata is worse that the colonial regime," Hichilema said.
However Chikwanda said it was not true that the PF leader was attacked.

"Hichilema came to report to the police that he was blocked and the cadres had nothing like whips when they came here. I talked to the PF cadres who said they blocked him because it was against tradition to allow him to see the chief at the time," said Chikwanda.

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