NDC shuns Nc’wala, anticipates PF violence  

By Staff Reporter

Opposition National Democratic Congress NDC says it is worried about the anticipated state sponsored violence aimed at stoping party members from attending tomorrow’s Nc’wala ceremony in Chipata.

Party secretary general Mwenya Musenge said the party had intelligence information that PF cadres had been organized to stop NDC leaders from attending the ceremony.

He said just before last week, party officials were stopped from entering Petauke and ordered to return to Lusaka by both the police and PF cadres who blocked the road.

“We were invited to attend the Nc’wala ceremony this weekend but word reaching us is that violent PF cadres have been organised from Lusaka to cause a lot of harm to our leadership. They have apparently been ordered to block the road and this time around not only force us back but also harm our leadership and members that will be present,” said Musenge.

“The NDC is a very peace loving party and we would not want to see our members and the people in Chipata harmed in any way. For this reason, the NDC leadership will not travel to the Nc’wala ceremony but will find an opportune time to go and see the Paramount Chief Mpezeni and the people of Eastern Province. We sincerely apologise to the Paramount Chief and the Ngoni people for missing this very important event, but we know that our presence there will attract a lot of violence on the innocent people that the PF government keeps on harming with impunity.”