The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has noted with increased concern the escalating levels of violence and it is alarmed by the apparent unwillingness by the Police to maintain law and order in the country.
LAZ president George Chisanga has strongly condemned the escalating political violence being perpetrated by PF cadres in the country.
“The levels of political intolerance in the country have reached unprecedented levels such that if not checked can plunge the country into anarchy. The failure to investigate and or prosecute some known perpetrators of political violence has led the many citizens fall victims of political violence. Zambians now believe that the police is not according its citizens equal protection of the law,” Mr Chisanga said.
He said failure by police to provide protection has resulted into wrong belief by victims of violence to resorte to publicly declaring to arm and protect themselves.
Chisanga said LAZ was also concerned about the growing impunity with which Patriotic Front (PF) cadres were conducting vigilante activities.
He explained that the recent threats by Patriotic Front cadres on the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority officers, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema at Ndola’s SUN FM radio station and on Action Aid Youths during the recent Youth Day Celebrations were a clear demonstration that there was a growing level of lawlessness under ruling party.
“LAZ is gratified with the public statement made by the Minister of Home Affairs warning all perpetrators of violent crimes that they will face the consequences of the law regardless of their status,” Chisanga said.
He said LAZ was hopeful that the police would follow up on this timely statement by the Minister and ensure that law and order were maintained and enforced in the country without fear or favour.
“As Zambia prepares for the Golden Jubilee, its citizens cannot be expected to celebrate its independence in an environment of fear and intimidation,” Chisanga said.