By KALOBWE BWALYA
ANDERSON Banda, the UPND Lusaka youth chairperson has regurgitated his threat of taking
over the management of markets and bus stations and has instead warned that the ruling party
shall not condone the thuggery and criminal behaviour the country has been subjected by unruly
Mr Banda while addressing the media last week threatened that the UPND cadres were ready
to take over the running of bus stations and markets because according to him, the Zambia
Police and the Lusaka City Council (LCC) had failed to discharge their mandates of maintaining
law and order in public places.
On Monday, Mr Gilbert Liswaniso, the UPND national youth chairman warned that the ruling
party risked being voted out of power if its cadres were going to continue annoying Zambians
with their unruly behaviour of harassment and intimidation.
But now, Mr Banda has branded the behaviour of UPND who have been harassing some
opposition political leaders and causing terror in communities as criminal and that those
involved should be arrested to face the law.
Mr Banda said thuggery and criminal behaviour that was being exhibited by some UPND cadres
shall not be condoned, stating the country had experienced enough of the lawlessness in the
previous administration and anyone found wanting shall be dealt with without considering
“President Hakainde Hichilema is interested in taking development to all parts of the country
and fulfilling his desire for a better Zambia and not violence and criminal activities. Therefore,
anyone found wanting should be arrested. We cannot continue with the criminal behavior that
the country experienced in the administration. Criminal and wanton unruly behaviour shall not
be condoned,” Mr Banda said.
And Mr Banda says he will not shield or protect any youth who would be caught perpetrating
criminal activities because the party did not entertain callous and politically uncouth behaviour.
Mr Banda said he was aware of some UPND youths who were determined to bring anarchy in
the ruling party by conducting themselves in a manner that was against the ethos of President
Hichilema and the entire leadership of the ruling party.
He said violence and anarchy should be a thing of the past because Zambians voted the
Patriotic Front out of the office due to violence and thuggery behaviour.
He said the party shall not be available to render support not support to any of its cadres who
would be found to have transgressed against the law.
Mr Banda said UPND was a political organisation that believed in unity and discipline and that
any member working against the party values was on his own.
He stated that President Hichilema had continued to preach peace, love and harmony among
Zambians and it was wrong for the UPND youth to engage in vices that were being frowned
upon by its leadership.
Mr Banda has since called on the police to bring to book the culprits promoting violence, stating
that such acts were retrogressive and against the tenets of national development and peace
By KALOBWE BWALYA