Hichilema says his supporters are angered by this act warning they may be forced to react.
The opposition leader is pleading with his supporters not to react, but forgive their competitors and focus on winning votes.
BELOW IS HICHILEMA’S STATEMENT
There is a lot of provocation going on. We fully understand the anger and frustration of our supporters but we want to reiterate the importance of restraint at all times.
This call is not a sign of weakness but a show of strength that we can bare such pain and not lower ourselves as we have the positive and clear message for our people.
In such matters we take solace and wisdom from Jesus Christ who still found room in his heart to forgive those who tormented him.
Our billboards, posters and other campaign materials are being savagely ripped to pieces by opponents in a manner never seen before in the history of our great nation.
Part of our 10 Point Plan for Zambia is to leave this thuggery behind us through good governance and bringing order and peace to our nation once again.
We want a country and a democracy where it will not be a crime to hold divergent views. We want a country where people are held to answer for such criminal acts, which not only violate the electoral code of conduct but vandalism of public property which is also a crime. The laws governing this country must be respected as that will be the only way we can also attract both local and foreign investment.
These billboard companies do not belong to the UPND but to Zambian companies and entrepreneurs who are being paid and who in turn create jobs for our people under difficult economic situation.
Our message to our people once more is let’s be civil and forgiving. God is watching and sees all.
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
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