Suspected PF cadres attack NDC members in Mandevu

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SUSPECTED PF cadres last evening attacked opposition National
Democratic Congress members who were having an indoor meeting
in Mandevu Constituency.

Meanwhile, some senior PF members on the Copperbelt have
complained that they underrated the National Democratic
Congress (NDC) led by former Copperbelt minister Mwenya
Musenge.

And the NDC national youth chairman Charles Kabwita says the PF
is planning to organise and stage-manage fake political
defections in some Copperbelt townships.

Musenge said PF cadres attacked about 40 NDC members who were
meeting in Mandevu on Wednesday evening.

“It is so disappointing that as a party that is regarded as a
nonentity and where we have opted to be doing things quietly,
our people are being attacked. Today, we have witnessed the
first serious attack on NDC members who were quietly having an
indoor discussion and thugs from PF forced themselves into the
yard, smashed four to five vehicles, punctured tyres and later
searched those who were there, stealing their personal
belongings including phones. They entered the place with
pangas, and many assault weapons,” Musenge said.
“As at now, we are waiting for a report on whether there was
anyone who was injured. Edgar Chagwa Lungu is on record to have
been condemning violence in this country and yet these thugs
who are attacking innocent people are coming from the PF where
he is party president and he is the Republican President.”

He said the NDC would not retaliate because such were not the
politics it wants to promote.

“We would like to appeal to our members not to retaliate. If
indeed they want to kill us, we will wait for them to follow us
wherever we will be meeting. These are the politics they are
portraying,” said Musenge, adding that the NDC wanted to play
mature politics of integrity, a shift from the cheap politics
of the PF.

Meanwhile, according to PF sources, the NDC had penetrated all
PF structures, particularly in Mufulira, Luanshya, Chingola,
Chambeshi, Kalulushi and Ndola.

“We have challenges here on the Copperbelt. We thought this NDC
was nothing but we are done here. These guys know politics and
they have made us have sleepless nights. These guys are
organised,” the PF source said.

And Kabwita said President Lungu was in shock with how the PF
had lost ground on the Copperbelt.

He claimed the PF were planning to stage-manage defections from
the newly formed party.

“The aim of these baseless defections is simply meant to sway
public opinion and perception and create an impression that the
NDC is losing following on the ground. We have information that
the PF wants to sponsor such loose defections in Mufulira as
part of its propaganda skirmishes to mislead the general
populace,” Kabwita said.
“The NDC secretariat is aware of the deliberate ploy that,
among other things, involves the use of money to woo and buy
off those perceived to be holding divergent views and opinions.
We are aware that some PF leaders who intend to offer bribes of
up to K70,000 to NDC district leaders in Mufulira to defect to
the outgoing party the PF.”

He said the PF should stop panicking but instead deliver their
promises and that politics of defections and cheap propaganda
were long gone.

“Our advice to the PF is to immediately refrain and stop using
such blank propaganda scams to deceive members of the public
through mock defections. Our structures on the Copperbelt
continue to grow and all our rank and file are intact,” Kabwita
said.

“The NDC has information that these stage-managed, desperate
mock defections have been planned for Mufulira and are expected
to coincide with the imminent visit to the mining town by
President Edgar Lungu. No amount of intimidation will sway the
NDC from effectively talking about the many challenges that
Zambians are facing.”

He said it was too late for PF to win the confidence of the
people on the Copperbelt.

“But, it’s too late because all PF structures are gone on the
Copperbelt. There’s no PF on the Copperbelt apart from a rotten
name of the regime. We, therefore, urge our party stewarts to
ignore all propaganda being planned by our colleagues in the
outgoing party the PF,” said Kabwita.

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