A ZAMBIAN pressure group has reported United Party for National Development (UPND) national youth chairperson, Gilbert Liswaniso to police for inciting violence against political opponents.
Liswaniso recently said that the youths will take the law into their hands to manhandle whoever criticizes President Hichilema. He further said that the UPND youths will not involve the police but ensure that those found wanting are dealt with.
Joseph Phiri of the Concerned Citizens group who spoke to journalists shortly after delivering the letter to the police said the remarks made were very worrying and should warrant immediate action to summon Liswaniso.
He said not only are the remarks worrying but also undermines and threatens the country’s security as well as that of the ordinary citizens.
Phiri said that the remarks further have the capacity to incapacitate the freedoms of political parties and also undermine the country’s democracy.
As if that was not enough, Liswaniso warned unruly UPND youths against de-campaigning the party in the media. He issued the stern warning while briefing the press at the party Youth Command Centre in Lusaka on Tuesday.
Liswaniso said when aggrieved, youths should use proper channels of communication within the party instead of lashing to social media.
“It is a well known fact that majority youths who suffered for the UPND to form government are not in employment but they should cultivate patience as President Hichilema is not done with appointments,” he said.
“The Patriotic Front(PF) employed any Jim and Jack to control the country, leading to a situation where uneducated people were supervising educated people because of the shoddy system.
“President Hakainde Hichilema is equal to the task in ensuring that employment is based on merit. Olo mango siyipwela pamodzi. (Even mangoes don’t get ripe at the same). Be patient, jobs will be given you,” Liswaniso said.
“I dont want to see any youth to incite others to rise against the party. It will be a mistake to go to the media and attack your own leaders. Engage the Secretary General who will sit with the parties involved,” he said.