By Nation Reporter
FDD president Edith Nawakwi faces arrest after she yesterday incited some of her members in Bangweulu to seize an Electoral Commission of Zambia vehicle which she claimed was carrying rigged ballot papers.
And President Edgar Lungu has warned that he will not spare anyone, regardless of their position, in his effort to maintain law and order.
Yesterday, Ms Nawakwi directed FDD cadres to impound the ECZ vehicle, which resulted in some polling stations opening late in Bangweulu parliamentary by-election.
This was brought to light by President Lungu through his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda. The President said reports he was receiving indicated that the opposition were bent on creating lawlessness in the country, starting with the Bangweulu by-election and some wards in Kasama and Isoka in the run-up to next year’s polls, He disclosed that there was a scheme to paint the ruling PF as a violent party, where criminals are being dressed in PF regalia at Lusaka’s Soweto market to attack innocent marketeers.
The president has also reiterated his call on politicians to accept results when they lose. President Lungu has expressed concerned that some opposition political parties were plotting violence ahead of the 2016 general elections.
On his part, he said he was doing the best he could to rebrand the PF into a more formidable party which was devoid of violence.
President Lungu wass concerned that the culture of violence has continued to take centre stage whenever there are elections.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has disclosed that plans to resuscitate the country’s national airline have advanced. He said it ws unacceptable to connect to Europe when one is travelling to West Africa, for instance, and stressed the need for regional integration.
President Lungu said this when former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa paid a courtesy call on him at State House yesterday.
Mr. Mkapa is in the country at the invitation of First Republican president Kenneth Kaunda, from whom he has taken over as Cavendish University Chancellor.
The former Tanzanian president hailed the warm neighborly relations with Zambia. Mr. Mkapa also praised the people of Zambia for conducting themselves peacefully during the January 2015 presidential election.
He said Tanzania was hoping to take the same path when it goes to the polls in October this year.