Suspected UPND cadres beat up Inonge Wina’s relatives smash windows


Suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres  have attacked Vice President Inonge Wina’s  house in Nalolo constituency , beating up her relatives and smashing windows.

This happened yesterday in Mongu when UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema was in the area to pay  homage to Litunga Limboela in Moyo.

The irate cadres stormed Mrs Wina’s place demanding to see her sister but found that she was not at home at the time.

They later pounced on her  grand children and other relatives beating them up and hitting one of them a with a block on his head.

Vice President Inonge Wina has confirmed the incident to ZNBC News in Lusaka.

She said it is unfortunate that the Suspected UPND  cadres are attacking her relatives by virtue of her being in office.

Mrs Wina said her relatives have been traumatized and have have since left the house in fear of being victimized by suspected UPND cardres.

Efforts by ZNBC to get a comment from UPND President Hakainde Hichilema, his two Vice President Dr Canicius Banda and Geoffrey Mwamba failed as their phones went unanswered.

And several stakeholders have condemned the violence by  suspected UPND cadres.

Zambia Centre for Inter-party Dialogue (ZCID) Executive Director Horrace Chilando condemned the act saying there is no justification for attacking the private residence of Mrs Wina.

He said its unfortunate that the cadres had to attack the Vice Presidents Relatives for merely being related to the Vice President.

And Jesuit Centre for theological Reflections JCTR Director Father  Leonard Chiti condemned the act saying the law enforcement agencies must quickly move in to arrest the situation.

He said Zambia is a peaceful nation and such acts have a potential of causing anarchy in  the country.

Fr Chiti said the reconciliation called by President Lungu this year was meant for all parties to co exist despite political divide.

And Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia Executive Director Reverend Pukuta Mwanza says acts of violence should not be tolerated.

He said stringent measures must be put in place  in order to guarantee freedom especially in the forthcoming general election.

Meanwhile United National Independence Party UNIP in Southern Province says the party is worried with the political violence going on in the country.

UNIP Southern Province Chairman retired Captain Robert  Mukengami says there is need to preserve the peace Zambia has enjoyed for the last 50 years.

Captain Mukengami says it is high time political parties concentrated on debating real issues affecting the country than engaging in violence.

He has since appealed to the church and civil society organizations to engage political party leaders to put an end to violence.

Captain Mukengami said this in a walk in interview with ZNBC News in Livingstone.