Arrest political criminals – Lungu

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has directed the Zambia Police to immediately arrest anyone who is perpetrating violence regardless of whether they are from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) or from the opposition in order to maintain law and order as the country goes to the polls.

And President Lungu has described PF Petauke Central parliamentary aspirant Dora Siliya as a seasoned and accomplished politician and has appealed to the electorate in the area to vote for her.

Addressing a rally in Petauke yesterday, President Lungu said he was aware that the UPND was using PF regalia to cause havoc on its perceived enemies in order to portray the ruling party as violent.

He said there was need for Zambians to maintain and preserve the peace they have enjoyed since independence, adding that fighting over political power had no room in the country.

“It is unfortunate that people are fighting each other but I am asking the police to deal with whoever is causing violence. I have been told that the UPND are using PF regalia in their violent activities dubbed ‘operation watermelon’ but I ask the police to arrest anyone engaging in violence,” President Lungu said.

And President Lungu urged the electorate to ignore independent candidates in the area who were using the name of the party to campaign.

“I have heard a lot of lies here about some individuals but Ms. Siliya here is our candidate. PF is a party that believes in discipline and if we tell someone to wait and he decides to use arrogance, we leave them.

Even me, I gave chance to other candidates to stand in Chawama until in 2011 when the party adopted me and I won without any problem because it was my time.

Our party believes in unity and discipline and so, don’t listen to these liars,” the President said.

Speaking at the same function, PF deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri said there was need for Easterners to emulate the voting pattern of their counterparts in the Southern Province who had continued to vote for their own man since the UPND was formed.

She urged people in Eastern Province to emulate what she called the ‘‘Nega Nega formula’’ of Southern Province and vote for President Lungu.

President Lungu held rallies in Petauke, Nyimba, Katete, Sinda, and Chipata where he introduced all the candidates standing on the PF ticket in the province and advised the electorate in the province to vote for him in order to make it easy for him to win the election.

He said he expected the province to vote for him so that he could have a full five-year term to transform the country through the projects Government had initiated.

Earlier in the morning, President Lungu paid a courtesy call on Paramount Chief Gawa Undi at his Mkaika palace.