NDC to report PF cadres to police for threatening Kambwili’s life
By Staff Reporter
OPPOSITION National Democratic Congress says it will officially report to police known Patriotic Front (PF) cadres who are appearing in a video insulting Chishimba Kambwili and threatening violence.
NDC vice president Joseph Akafumba said his party take exceptional interest in the video as the life of Kambwili was being threatened.
Akafumba said the letter to the Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja and Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga have since been written and will be delivered today Monday.
“The known PF cadres are seen in the video threatening violence, insulting the NDC consultant and vowing to kill him. How do you allow a situation where cadres can openly record themselves in a video threatening to kill someone and you take that as normal? These cadres are well-known and the threats are there for all to hear. We have also downloaded the video and will take it together with the letters so that the police don’t tell us that they have not seen the video,” Akafumba said.
He said President Edgar Lungu led PF has unleashed unprecedented levels of violence as never before seen in the history of the country, with their cadres always attacking, threatening and hacking people without facing legal consequences.
Akafumba added that the cadres, sometimes in the company of PF senior officials like ministers, have also been known to manhandle and drag the same people they injure with knives and pangas to the police and have the injured people locked up while the perpetrators of violence are left scot free.
“Our experience with the police has so far not been good as the police do everything possible to protect the cadres instead of protecting us as members of the public. However, we are hopeful that they will act accordingly with this serious case, but if they don’t, we are just comforted by the fact that an official complaint will be made and if we don’t get justice now, we will get it later,” he said.
Meanwhile, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila has distanced his Party from a video circulating where people are heard threatening the life of Kambwili and issuing unprintables against his mother.
Mwila says the Party finds the video to be highly offensive to its values and that the content thereof borders on nothing else but criminality.
He has since called on the Zambia Police to immediately investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book.
“Am further reminding the party members at large that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has constantly called for non-violence in the party and no such criminality would be tolerated. PF believes that while we may hold differences with our opponents, they do not become our sworn enemies to the point of shedding blood or wishing for one’s cessation of life,” said Mwila.