*…as UPND/NDC boycott Independence Day celebrations*
The United Party for National Development (UPND) says there is no significance in holding huge banquets to celebrate Zambia’s 56 years of independence because the economic, political and social gains that the country had made since independence have been swept under the carpet by the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
Speaking during a press briefing that was attended by women from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and UPND Party Secretariat this afternoon, UPND Lusaka Province Chairperson for Women, Rosa Zulu said that the numerous challenges that the people of Zambia were currently undergoing had rendered the tireless efforts of the freedom fighters of no essence and irrelevant.
She stated that instead of celebrating the day, most Zambians, especially the womenfolk were beset with untold pain and misery, adding that the blood which was shed during the liberation struggle was in vain.
“This was supposed to be a day of celebrations. But unfortunately, we are not celebrating Independence (Day), no! Today, we are not celebrating anything. There is nothing to celebrate about…zero! Yes, the name Independence is there, but not for Zambians anymore. We had our fathers who died because of struggling for us to be independent. Those fathers of ours died in vain. There is no freedom of speech under the PF regime. We had the late Dr Fredrick Chiluba and Levy Patrick Mwanawasa and Rupiah Banda who were called bad names during the time they served in office, but no one was arrested,” she said.
And NDC Spokesperson, Saboi Imboela stated that the high number attacks on women that was happening in the were a sign of eroded decency under the PF regime.
She stated that the rampant arrests and threats of arrests on opposition figures on trumped up charges as well as the subsequent imprisonment of opposition figures had cast a dark shadow on the country’s liberation efforts.
“We are saying no to violence against women. I want to emphasize on one thing, on the violence against women: if it means arresting and imprisoning us, we are ready for it. What they did to Ms Carol Kambwili and her daughter, Chanda would not be allowed to continue. If it means us fighting, we will fight for our dignity,” she said.
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