Arrest PF, UPND violent cadres – Lungu orders police

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has directed the police to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of political violence that has rocked the country’s campaign period irrespective of their political affiliation.

President Lungu said he had received reports that the UPND had adopted what they termed the Water Melon strategy through which they had been using to cause political violence.

President Lungu said the police should arrest any political cadre engaged in violence irrespective of their political affiliation stating: “Whether you are in red or green when you commit a crime, you will be arrested, prosecuted and jailed.”

The Head of State said he was not desperate for power but would never want to allow the country to be handed over to wrong hands

The President said this when he addressed a rally in Mumbwa yesterday.

And President Lungu has said he is not bothered about his critics who doubted his religious beliefs because his relationship with God is personal.

President Lungu said at no time did he ever think of becoming president of Zambia but God had planned his life and was happy that His Grace had was guiding him (President Lungu) in governing the country.

The Head of State asked Zambians to seriously scrutinize all the presidential candidates because voting for a good President would be securing their future.

“My relationship with God is personal and those doubting my religious standing I leave to God. In the last one and half years I have been President, Zambians have come to know my weaknesses and my strength.

Your challenge is about those you do not know and have not met to test their leadership,” President Lungu said.

The Head of State cautioned Zambians to be careful with politicians who were making mega promises that they would never deliver the pledges they were making.

President Lungu stated that it was not possible for any economy to offer free education to its citizens from grade one all the way to university.

The President reiterated that his government would continue with the massive infrastructure development across the country and that Mumbwa was not going to be left out.

He lamented that some politicians are going around the country advising beneficiaries not to pay back as the programme is a campaign tool.

He promised people of Mumbwa that more funds will be mobilised so they can also benefit

And First Lady Esther Lungu has promised that she would continue empowering women countrywide to enable them take care of their families.