PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu and his Cabinet ministers are not campaigning ahead of the general elections but merely explaining development projects to the people, says Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja.
And the Police chief said he intended to call secretary generals of all political parties to a roundtable meeting to discuss the application of the Public Order Act (POA).
Mr Kanganja said President Lungu and his Cabinet ministers were permitted by law to go round the country and explain their development programmes to the people.
He said this yesterday soon after appearing before the Parliamentary Select Committee on Legal Affairs, Governance, Human Rights, Gender Matters and Child Affairs where he had gone to make submissions on death penalty.
“There is only one government at a time so they are not campaigning but only explaining to the people the projects which they have done,” Mr Kanganja said.
He said it was not good to start campaigning when the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) had not authorized.
Mr Kanganja said the Zambia Police Service would only allow campaigns in accordance with the programme of ECZ.
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has warned that he will not take kindly to UPND’s antagonistic approach of doing politics and that he will deal with anyone inciting violence because anarchy had no room in Zambia.
President Lungu said this in Kalomo on Wednesday evening when he addressed scores of PF members who gathered at Green Acres School grounds to welcome him during his tour of Southern Province which ended yesterday.
The Head of State said this after a group of UPND cadres went to the venue of the meeting and started chanting UPND slogans while displaying the party’s symbol as he was making his address.
He said he would always endeavour to promote democracy in the country but will not condone lawlessness where people were deliberately inciting violence by going to other parties’ meetings with the intent of creating commotion.
He said he was elected by Zambians not only as PF president but as republican President also and was free to visit any part of the country to see the challenges that people were facing for himself and would not be derailed by disgruntled and unruly UPND cadres even in its strongholds.
He said he did not want anyone to lose his or her life as a result of violence before, during and after the elections and called on the UPND to sober up and conduct issue-based campaigns rather than engaging in activities that would degenerate into chaos.
He said Zambia was a democratic State in which citizens had the freedom of association but wondered why the UPND was always fanning violence by going to other parties’ gatherings with the sole purpose of creating unnecessary tension.
“He said UPND should be ashamed of itself for pioneering anarchy in the country while playing the victim in order to get sympathy from Zambians.
“UPND has been accusing us of being a violent party but here we are; I come here to understand the challenges that you are going through as people of Zambia and you come here to cause confusion. If you do not want to see me, then stay away. There is no need of you coming here to cause confusion,’’ he told the unruly UPND cadres.