HH’s attack is sad, he has a right to meet anyone – GBM

Geoffrey Mwamba

Geoffrey Mwamba

Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba says he has learnt with sadness the attacks on UPND president Hakainde Hichilema today in Kasama as he was on his way to meet Paramount Chief Chitimukulu.

Suspected PF cadres blocked Hichilema and his entourage Wednesday morning from going to meet the Paramount Chief of the Bemba people saying he should go to Southern province where he hails from. The cadres also physically attacked HH’s entourage and even followed them to the Police Station where the UPND leaders went to report.

The Police officers according to UPND watched helplessly as the cadres hauled insults and charged at Hichilema’s entourage at Kasama Police Central Station.

Commenting from Petauke, Mwamba who is also Defence Minister and hails from the constituency the incidence happened said Hichilema like any other citizen has right to meet anyone on any part of the country.

“Let me mention that Mr. Hichilema, like any other citizen of Zambia has a right to meet anyone,” Mwamba said. “None of us in any part of the country would be justified to use violence to deprive other citizens of this right.”

Mwamba popularly known as GBM said what happened in Kasama was unacceptable.

“I want to categorically state that these levels of intolerance are unacceptable and do not reflect the spirit of the PF in the Province and the people of Kasama in general,” Mwamba added. ”Speaking for Kasama Central Constituency, we have co-existed with people of divergent views since times immemorial and today’s incidence must not water-down this value we have always cherished.”

He said that there is nothing that should stop Opposition leaders from meeting Traditional leaders across the country. Mwamba said the country has a challenge to ensure that citizens learn to co-exist under a political diversity and beliefs.

“It is my hope that the Police in Kasama will ensure perpetrators of the violence are dealt with according to the law. Criminality must not infiltrate our political discourse as a nation,” said Mwamba.

But earlier some UPND members alleged that the Kasama Central Member of Parliament could be linked to the cadres that attacked HH. The cadres in about 14 vehicles attacked HH at the Police Check Point a few kilometres from Kasama town.