Hachilema’s Party Claims To Be Under “Scandalous” ZANU PF Attack

Zambia’s ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) has accused ZANU PF of unleashing its social media “army” or “varakashi” to attack its leadership, which it says could sour relations between the two neighbours.

UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema defeated incumbent Edgar Lungu, considered a ZANU PF favourite, in Zambia’s presidential election last month, the margin of his victory surprising pundits.


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UPND is seen as close to Zimbabwe’s opposition, the MDC Alliance after inviting its leaders, Nelson Chamisa and Tendai Biti and other opposition figures in the region to Hichilema’s inauguration.

UPND spokesperson Joseph Kalimbwe said Hichilema and his party were being targeted by ZANU PF cyber-attacks which he said were “scandalous”. Kalimbwe tweeted:

We are in Zambia talking about the need to tackle corruption in our country but across the border, ZANU PF supporters think the message is directed at them and so they start to attack and demonise us.

Not even our own political opponents attack us as they do. It’s scandalous!.

Kalimbwe told NewsDay yesterday that they were being attacked on social media platforms by some ZANU PF members who were criticising Hichilema’s personality and policies.

He said Zimbabwe’s ruling party has “always been uneasy” over UNDP’s close relations with Chamisa. He said:

We have always been victims of several online attacks on the party and the President. Not so long after the presidential spokesperson (Charamba) labelled President Hichilema a sellout, several other members of the ruling ZANU PF party attacked us online with regards to our policies which have nothing to do with Zimbabwean governance.

Such actions do not guarantee amicable diplomatic ties. UPND as a ruling party does not concern itself with the affairs of its neighbour, Zimbabwe, but on the contrary, ZANU PF members have been very much concerned with how President Hichilema runs Zambia.

However, ZANU PF acting political commissar Patrick Chinamasa said he was not aware of any case where members of the ruling party had attacked the Zambian government. Said Chinamasa:

I can’t comment on the alleged attacks against the Zambian party because I am not aware of such an incident.

I am yet to check on the alleged attacks. As ZANU PF, we remain friendly with the Zambian government. ZANU PF has never been a hostile party.

More: NewsDay

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5 comments on “Hachilema’s Party Claims To Be Under “Scandalous” ZANU PF Attack

  1. But if Hichilema supports opposition leaders who support sanctions against Zimbabwe against SADC position, which is which, diplomatically speaking. Kkkkkkkkki. Is that good for the Zim economy? Let alone ZanuPf.

  2. Sanctions were not imposed by the opposition but were imposed because of the farm invasions and human rights abuse like on 1August after voting by ZANU PF its only that when you have in your hand every things around you turns to be nails thats why ZANU PF think sanctions are imposed by the opposition

    1. It is wrong for our opposition leaders to support sanctions even if they have no capacity to impose the sanctions. We await to see the new Zambian government position on sanctions within Sadc. We expect Zambia to continue condemning sanctions and then advise Biti/Chamisa to denounce sanctions also. The opposition leaders should abandon their regular hegira to Washington to lobby for sanctions. They know sanctions make Zimbabweans suffer. Mr Jj knows how the West never imposed sanctions when we had more serious human rights during our early years of Independence moments of satanic madness. Why didnot the West impose sanctions on more serious human rights ? Was it because of racial eyes? Blacks being killed in Zim during Gukurahundi
      and White Boers losing land back to its black owners? The issue of land should not have galvanised the neoclonialits to impose sanctions because colonial land rights are NOT valid in our revolutionary eyes and minds. This stands naive Mr Jj on his head, in my learned view. Kkkkkkkki.

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Hachilema’s Party Claims To Be Under “Scandalous” ZANU PF Attack