Police acting independently – Lungu

President Edgar Lungu says no-one is dictating to the Police on how to handle matters pertaining to political violence.
Last week, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema accused President Lungu of instigating violence to intimidate the opposition and members of the civil society.
But the President wondered how he would instigate violence and yet fail to interfere with the cases.
“If l was instigating violence, what would have stopped me from interfering with the cases. Am not the type of person and the police are not being dictated on what they must do when presented with offences of such crimes,” Mr. Lungu said.
The President was responding to questions by the Zambians living in Bostwana during a dinner hosted for him at the Zambian High Commissioner’s residence on Sunday.
And commenting on the draft Constitution, the President challenged Zambians to read the document if they were to appreciate the contents in particular the subject of dual citizenship.
Mr. Lungu also said his political party was working in conjunction with some musicians who would help in educating the masses on the importance of violence-free elections through the use of music.
The President however expressed disappointment with the National Arts Council (NAC) which he said was no longer effective.
“Designing or redesigning the council in a fresh style will do. We have a ministry responsible in this area. So we will see how we can get our people to utilise this field,” he said.
President Lungu also advised Zambians living in the diaspora to have a positive attitude if they were to make meaningful contribution towards Zambia’s development.
Mr. Lungu said Zambians should learn to ignore politicians who like politicking because Government was in a hurry to develop the country, thereby improving the welfare of its citizens.
He cited the issue of load shedding following the drop in the water levels at the Kariba Dam in Siavonga as one of the hot political topics when the natural phenomenon had affected the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC).
“Inadequate power supply that has hit Zambia is not only affecting the country but the region as a whole. Zambia is a politicking country. Everything is politics. Even as I speak to you now, someone is seeing politics,” President Lungu said.
He said the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has warned Zambia and Zimbabwe to regulate the use of water from the Kariba dam.
ZRA was established as a body on 1st October 1987 by parallel legislation in the parliaments of Zambia and Zimbabwe and jointly owned by the governments of the two countries.
“ZRA has warned that if both Zambia and Zimbabwe do not adhere to the regulations, the power deficit is expected to worsen around October-November, 2015.
Constructed in the 1950s, the Kariba dam is the largest man-made lake in the world, which was designed to hold back power of the Zambezi River and create hydroelectricity for an ever-increasing demand.
President Lungu reiterated that Government remained committed to ensuring the problem of inadequate power supply currently being experienced in the country was addressed.
He was happy that the shortage power supply would be tabled during the 35th Southern African Development Community heads of state and government summit which officially opened yesterday.
“We learn from the region and it is about sharing. It is a pity that back home, everything is politics. Let’s take advantage of our exposure to add value to our country’s development. A good practice that you see must be passed on back home,” the President said.
Others present at the dinner were Defence Minister Richwell Siamunene, Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba, Attorney General Likando Kalaluka, Commerce, Trade and Industry permanent secretary Siazongo Siakalenge, Zambia’s Acting High Commissioner Wesley Chikwamu, and senior Government officials. – ZANIS

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