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THE barbaric circumstances of the killing of PF North-Western Province chairperson, Jackson Kungo by criminal elements who attacked him is unacceptable, President-elect Hakainde Hichilema has said.

Mr Hichilema said he received the news of the death of Mr. Kungo with utter shock and disbelief. 

He said this in a message of solidarity on the burial of Mr Kungo yesterday attended by President Edgar Lungu.

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Mr. Kungo 39, was brutally murdered at Kyawama Polling Station on Thursday, August 12, 2021 by suspected UPND cadres on the pretext that he was in possession of pre-marked ballot papers.

Police however did not find anything after searching Mr Kungo’s body.

Mr Hichilema urged police to carry out their mandate which was to serve and protect all citizens and property both private and public, regardless of political affiliation.

He said Zambians must never condone lawlessness to creep into society or else the cancer would consume all people.

“I am happy to learn that some suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of our beloved brother and I pray that justice will soon be done,” Mr Hichilema said.

Mr Hichilema said as UPND assumed the Presidency, its government would be of laws rather than that of men.

He said in a democratic dispensation, political diversity and affiliation was a part of the way of life of Zambians.

“We cannot afford to distinguish or separate each other as political players based on the colour of our regalia, neither must we allow hate to the extent of killing each other because we differ in political ideology, after all, we are all brothers and sisters born of mother Zambia,” said Mr Hichilema.

He said Mr Kungo was a person known to him as a fearless, peaceful and hard-working stalwart who never shied away from hard work.

Mr Hichilema said Mr Kungo was a gallant political soldier with a passion to serve his country and rose through the ranks.

“Through you Mr President, to the widow, children, beloved family, friends and the larger Patriotic Front (PF) membership and to all mourners, I pass my heartfelt condolences” he said.

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