Marketeers in Kamwala market who run makeshift stores have complained of harassment from suspected UPND cadres who have threatened to seize their businesses forcibly.
Some cadres, led by Francis Mwamba, who claims to be the UPND Ward Youth Chairman, have gone on the rampage, threatening the owners of improvised stalls of violence if they do not relinquish their shops on Independence Avenue near the Kafue Roundabout.
“When I passed through my shop I was told Mr Mwamba said he owns my shop now and they want to see me. We voted for President Hichilema because we were tried of victimisation by PF cadres but now these very people want to take over our stalls. We spent over K30,000 to build these shops,” complained one shop owner James Mweenda.
The marketeers have since appealed to Republican President Hakainde Hichilema, Lusaka City Council and the Police to quickly intervene.
“It is sad that some people who think the win for President Hichilema was only because of them when we are the ones who voted. Why must we live in fear when we delivered the victory for the President?” said Mwenda.