Zambia’s ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) has accused Zanu PF of launching cyber-attacks in opposition to its leadership, which it says should bitter relations between the two neighbours.
UPND’s Hichilema scored a stunning landslide victory over incumbent Edgar Lungu in Zambia’s presidential election last month, the margin of his victory surprising pundits, however also displaying the stage of disillusionment with the overall performance of the former leader.
At the inauguration, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had the indignity of having to share the platform with the opposition that the country’s courts have dominated to be illegitimate.
His spokesperson, George Charamba recently attacked Hichilema as a “sellout” and it appears the ill-feeling between the two administrations is persisting.
UPND senior official, Joseph Kalimbwe stated Hichilema and his party have been being centered by Zanu PF cyber-attacks which he said had been “scandalous”.
“We are in Zambia speakme about the need to handle corruption in our u . s . a . but across the border Zanu PF supporters think the message is directed at them and so they start to assault and demonise us,” Kalimbwe tweeted.
“Not even our own political opponents attack us like they do. It’s scandalous!.”
Kalimbwe advised NewsDay the previous day that they had been being attacked on social media platforms by some Zanu PF members who had been criticising Hichilema’s personality and policies.
He stated the Zanu PF birthday celebration has “always been uneasy” over UNDP’s close family members with Chamisa.
“We have usually been victims of several online attacks on the celebration and the President.
“Not so long after the presidential spokesperson (Charamba) labelled President Hichilema a sellout, quite a few other participants of the ruling Zanu PF celebration attacked us online with regards to our insurance policies which have nothing to do with Zimbabwean governance.
“Such actions do now not warranty amicable diplomatic ties. UPND as a ruling birthday celebration does now not situation itself with the affairs of its neighbour, Zimbabwe, however on the contrary, Zanu PF members have been very a great deal worried with how President Hichilema runs Zambia.”
Zanu PF acting political commissar Patrick Chinamasa said he used to be now not conscious of any case the place participants of the ruling birthday party had attacked the Zambian government.
He stated if indeed there have been assaults towards UPND, from Zimbabwe, it was now not from Zanu PF.
“I can’t remark on the alleged assaults in opposition to the Zambian birthday celebration because I am now not aware of such an incident,” Chinamasa said.
“I am but to test on the alleged attacks. As Zanu PF, we remain friendly with the Zambian government. Zanu PF has in no way been a adverse party.
“Zimbabwe and Zambia have a lengthy records of cordial relations, therefore; I would say it is the work of detractors who go on line in the name of Zanu PF just to spoil the true relationship between us and the UPND. Those humans would go online in the title of Zanu PF just to tarnish our image.”
Zanu PF had been playing top relationships with Lungu, who reportedly banned MDC Alliance things to do in his country.
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