Mystery fires politically motivated, says PF


THE mystery fires the country has been experiencing after the August 11 general elections which have gutted private businesses and Government departments are politically motivated and perpetrated by the same people responsible for the ritual killings ahead of the elections. And all these atrocities were made in an effort to discredit President Edgar Lungu’s leadership, Patriotic Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya has charged. Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Bwalya said that it was clear that the fires the country had been experiencing after the August elections were linked to the ritual murders just before the elections, and that they were all politically motivated. He pointed out that his party was confident that the people behind these calamities were from the opposition and that they were targeting people perceived to be members or supporters of the PF. Mr Bwalya noted that the motive of the killings was to demonise the PF because they covered the victims with PF regalia to implicate the party. “It is plain the cause of the fires our country has been experiencing after the August 11 general elections that have affected mainly private businesses such as lodges, public trading facilities as well as markets and Government departments. One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the reality that the lodges burnt down belonged to PF sympathisers,” he said. And Mr Bwalya welcomed the move by the Zambia Police Service to give a K100, 000 reward to anyone who may have information leading to the arrest of the arsonists. He, however, called on the law enforcement agencies and investigative wings to do more and ensure that the culprits were brought to book. Mr Bwalya hinted that the killings and the fires were linked to a named opposition political party and that they were targeting PF sympathisers. He warned that the attackers might soon launch more deadly attacks that might lead to the death of many innocent citizens. “We fear that they may soon get impetus to advance and cause damage. As such, we are calling upon ZP and investigative wings to do more to bring to book these perpetrators of Armageddon in our country. They want to create fear and panic in the country,” he said. Mr Bwalya called on the general public, especially PF supporters, to be alert and guard their properties jealously.                        He urged people to cooperate with the police and other investigative wings and give them information that might expedite the investigations.