Kapata links ritual murders to opposition

THE hate propaganda against the Patriotic Front (PF) has reached pervasive levels with the latest campaign being the recent ritual murders where bodies of victims are covered with Chitenge materials of the ruling party, Jean Kapata has charged.

Ms Kapata, who is PF elections chairperson, said investigations into the ritual murders in Lusaka should be extended to the opposition political parties that had continued disparaging the ruling party and propagating hate messages against President Edgar Lungu.

Ms Kapata said it had become critical that the police should cast their investigations wider to include the notorious cartel that almost usurped State power during the reign of late president Michael Sata and now aggressively fighting President Lungu for refusing to be colonised.

She said in an interview that the macabre killings in the last two weeks were allegedly being perpetrated by some opposition political parties which believed that they would only win the August 11 general elections by demonising the PF and President Lungu.

Ms Kapata said it was the worst form of propaganda to commit murder and cover the corpse with PF campaign material in an attempt to invoke anger among citizens so that they could rise against the ruling party.

She explained that the ritual killings had become a campaign tool for some opposition political parties and it was therefore imperative for State investigative wings to extend their probe to such political organisations.

Ms Kapata said that no criminal would commit a crime and leave evidence at the scene of crime or leave a PF Chitenge material at the scene.

“The ritual murders in Lusaka are linked to politics and we now know that the propaganda against the PF has reached levels where citizens are being ritually murdered and some opposition political parties are blaming the PF. I want to appeal to the police and other State investigating wings to extend their probe to opposition political parties that have continued with their hate messages against the PF and President Lungu.

‘‘Criminals always cover their tracks but with the recent ritual murders, they have committed murder and used the PF Chitenge material to cover the corpses,” Ms Kapata said.

Ms Kapata said Zambia was a Christian nation and it was against God’s teachings to engage in heinous crimes such as the ritual murders the country had witnessed in the recent past.

She said the ritual killings should be stopped and that those involved should be hunted down so that they could face the wrath of the law.

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