I served as an elected Chairperson for all the political parties under ZCID for 4 years. All the politicians on the scene are known to me and I have interacted with them. All my political colleagues know my strong stance against insults, name calling, political violence and character assassination. I firmly hold myself to a different standard of doing politics. My style of politics attest to that.
My visit to President Saboi is not an endorsement of insults or strong language in politics. Even President Saboi knows that about me very well. I CANNOT ENDORSE WHAT I DON’T PRACTICE. SINCE WHEN DO WE SAY IN OUR SOCIETY THAT “WE CANNOT VISIT A PATIENT IN HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY ACQUIRED THE DISEASE ON THEIR OWN THROUGH PROMISCUITY?”
UPND’s PHYSICAL ATTACK AND ABUSE ON ME IS EXTREMELY SHOCKING, DISTURBING AND WORRYING. UPND’S ATTACK ON ME CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THEIR CHARACTER AND NOT THEIR “SWEET WORDS” TO THE PEOPLE. A group of UPND cadres cannot move from Monze and camp at Kabwata Police Station without the authority of UPND leaders.
I have NEVER insulted anyone in politics. I challenge anyone to prove me otherwise. I have always respected other people’s rights and views even when I don’t agree with them. UPND cannot think that their perceived political enemies should also be my political enemies and bully me into submission through intimidation by their thugs.
I am a peace loving Zambian Citizen and I shall continue to be one as long as I live. What UPND and their thugs cannot do is intimidate me into submission. UPND is welcome to engage me in sober candid discussions but they cannot intimidate me. I don’t take kindly to bullying of any kind.
The first civilised opposition. These are the people we need to offer checks and balances not insults assumptions and totally mayhem. Saboi is not presidential material she d make a very good barmaid.
IF THERE IS AN ELEMENT OF FACT IN MR SILAVWE’S STATEMENT ABOUT BEING BEATEN OR INTIMIDATED BY UPND CADRES, THEN THE UPND LEADERSHIP SHOULD CRUSH THIS UGLY TENDENCY NOW!! I CAN’T IMAGINE MYSELF LIVING IN FEAR OF CADRES AS THE CASE WAS UNDER PF GOVT. PLEASE DO SOMETHING BEFORE THESE CADRES START ATTACKING EVEN POLICEMEN AS THE CASE WAS UNDER PF.
Aluta continua President of Golden Party! You are cut from a different political cloth! The one which Zambians go to buy when the one they are wearing gets torn.
Interestingly, the UPND forgets that when their cadres attack people as was the case of Golden Party President, the attack works against them and raises the profile of those being attacked. Right now, Golden Party leader has become more visible and people are seeing the good qualities in him. You can see already the three UPND supporters above giving him some praise, which he wouldn’t have received if he was not attacked.
The best that the President can do now is to issue a statement on live TV telling the IG of police to arrest the person who committed that offence or risk loosing his job. As it stands now, HH will be like ECL who shared words but had no action to back it. But alas, Lungu did fire police command after the shooting of Nsama and Kaunda. If HH doesn’t take any actions, IG thinks its okay to allow such actions to happen.
But you indulge in character assassination bwana. Do not be a hypocrite.
Silavwe, no abuse yes but you are referring to UPND cadres as thugs in your article, while standing on a hill to claim that you have abused, demeaned or insulted anyone.