He wrote below…
This evening i made my way to the UTH to visit Maxwell Chandamali, a Lusaka resident who was shot at and wounded following the illegal funeral procession staged by unruly UPND cadres.
I arrived at the hospital and was informed by Hospital Director Dr Alex Makupe that the victim was in Theatre being operated on. I waited until the procedure was successfully concluded and the patient was taken into the High Cost Main Male Ward after our intervention.
It was a relief to see the patient in recovery mode and I chatted with him and assured him that he is in very good hands and that he shall be well.
The actions by the UPND cadres today was uncalled for.
As Provincial Minister, I wish to strongly condemn the unruly conduct of the cadres to parade a coffin of their departed colleague all for the sake of political grandstanding.
These kind of politics should not be entertained especially in 2019 as they are archaic and distasteful.
Conducting illegal processions in the Central Business District without approval from the Police is unacceptable as it compromises public safety and peace.
It is cardinal that peace and safety in Lusaka being the Capital City is maintained as it is the beacon of the nation.
My appeal goes to the law enforcement agencies to ensure that they police such processions peacefully in order to protect the residents of this city and businesses operating here. I am challenging the Inspector General of Police to rein in and ensure that unruly cadre behavior is brought under control.
It is important to note that as much as active participation in politics is encouraged, we should never get to a point where the majority of citizens who do not participate in active politics should feel threatened by the activities of political cadres.
Zambia belongs to us all and we should do everything possible to safeguard public peace.