A mob of youths from the United Party for National Development, (UPND) closed down Choma’s Debonairs Pizza on Tuesday for not displaying President Hakainde Hichilema’s portrait.
The franchise is run by businessman Kebby Mbewe, who is also Patriotic Front, (PF) Member of the Central Committee.
A group of youths accuse the former ruling party’s senior official of tearing up a portrait earlier displayed, but the store manager and workers have denied the allegations.
The store manager, only identified as Banda said they have never bought a portrait until Monday after the youths protested.
Paul Saungwe me said: “Africa is cursed: The newly elected Zambia’s UNDP have closed dibonairs pizza shop for not having portrait pictures of H. Hichilema. Democracy in the making or dictarship in the making?. This is the biggest problem with protesting groups who call themselves political parties. Leaders must be seen to promote Justice than revenge”.