Lungu warns against violence


PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says there is no need for the people of Lubansenshi Constituency to resort to violence during the Parliamentary by election in the area.

Addressing a well-attended campaign meeting in Ndoki Primary school in Shimumbi area yesterday, President Lungu said violence should not be allowed because it had the potential to divide the nation and disrupt the peace the nation was enjoying.

“I therefore direct police to be firm when dealing with issues of violence. It is the duty of police to arrest all those who break the law, “President Lungu said.

He said his Government was committed to providing essential services such as good roads, which would open the market for farming communities.

President Lungu, however said that this could only be possible if a PF member of Parliament was elected on the 24th September 2015.

“In order for you to see or taste accelerated national development there is need to elect George Mwamba who can easily meet the Head of State because he belonged to PF,” he said.

President Lungu observed that the opposition was not ready to work with the government of the day. “I hear that someone is coming here with ama five kwacha ati tantameni, he is giving money…is that the nature of development you want?” President Lungu asked.

The head of State also said the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) would purchase all the maize from small scale farmers.

He also said  Government was in the process of constructing a health centre in the area.

Among the speakers were party deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri,  finance deputy ministers Christopher Mvunga and Lands Deputy Minister Davis Mwango.

President Lungu is also expected to check on the construction of roads in Kasama and Luwingu district.

President Edgar Lungu has urged the police to prevent the ferrying of cadres ahead of the September 24, 2015 parliamentary by-elections in Lubansenshi and Solwezi West. And President Lungu said he had received information that the opposition UPND was ferrying cadres from Chawama to intimidate electorates in Lubansenshi and Solwezi West constituencies ahead of the by elections. Speaking to journalists at City Airport before departure for Lubansenshi to drum up support for the PF candidate George Mwamba, President Lungu said the police should ensure that those entering the two areas were well meaning Zambians.