Lungu warns against hooliganism

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has warned that he will not allow hooliganism in the governing Patriotic Front (PF) or in the opposition political parties and is happy that the defence and State security wings were in control of the country by curbing violent activities in some parts of the country.

President, through his special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda, has warned opposition political parties against dragging the defence and security personnel in the country into their ‘‘political amnesia’’.

President Lungu said the defence and security wings should be left out of politics and warned that as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces he was not going to allow hooliganism and violence from either the Patriotic Front (PF) or the opposition.

The Head of State said unnecessary and careless talk about the security of the country would not be tolerated because the defence forces were in full control of the security of the country.

Mr Chanda said that until the Head of State handed over power to the President-elect, he was going to continue performing the functions of the President.

President Lungu said he had been informed that the security of the country was stable and that any citizen who was going to engage in acts that border on subversion would have to bear the full wrath of the law.

“The defence and security forces will deal with any form of violence or unruly conduct. . In fact, the defence and security forces will not tolerate that they should be dragged into politics. So the security (forces) will deal with any form of violence and hooliganism from either the PF or the opposition parties,” President Lungu said.

“President Lungu will not tolerate lawlessness and hooliganism in the PF. If they are going to celebrate their victory, they must do so with civility without provoking the losers. And those who would have lost should not exaggerate their misery and cause confusion because as Commander in-Chief, the President has sworn to protect lives and property,” Mr Chanda said.

Mr Chanda said President Lungu was disheartened by claims by UPND sympathizer Nevers Mumba that the pictures of people who were displaced in Southern Province were not from Zambia but from South Africa.

Mr Chanda said it was shameful and below the expectations of a preacher man to mock distressed citizens whose lives had been destroyed by the violence purely on the basis of wanting to be a Prime Minister in the UPND.

And Mr Chanda said the Zambia Police should take keen interest in a statement attributed to UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba that there was a culture in Zambia where the State would cause the destruction of private and public property  and blame such actions on the opposition.