THE Patriotic Front (PF) has warned its members that it will not protect anyone involved in corrupt activities and violence while using the name of the ruling party as a shield.
PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya told the Daily Nation that the party was aware that there were individuals who engaged in illicit activities while using the party’s name to propagate crimes such as illegal land selling and violence.
However, Fr Bwalya said the PF would not be drawn into illegalities and will not protect anyone.
He said the PF believed in the rule of law and that its membership was expected to be law-abiding and not ones engaging in illegal activities that they did not only affect their social standing in society but also had a huge impact on the image of the party.
He said the party’s zero tolerance to corruption and violence should send a strong signal to those who wanted to use its name to propagate criminal activities as the law would meet them squarely.
“President Edgar Lungu has made it clear that our party will not tolerate indiscipline or conduct that borders on breaking the law. He has sent a strong warning to members who may think that since the PF is in government, then they are insulated from the law that they will be dealt with accordingly.
“As for those who are practising lawlessness using the name of the party to engage in illegal activities such as illegal land allocation and violence, should know that the law will soon catch up with them and no one will come to their rescue,” Fr. Bwalya said.
He said the party was happy with the conduct of police officers so far as they had exhibited impartiality in their execution of duty and in dealing with offenders regardless of their political affiliation.
Fr Bwalya said the PF was impressed by the professionalism of the police in curbing crime and urged the high command to ensure that officers relentlessly worked towards detecting and preventing crime by bringing all culprits to book.
“The party is happy with the professional manner in which the police are conducting themselves in dealing with law-breakers regardless of their political affiliation and we would like to encourage them to continue with the good works they are doing to maintain peace in the country.
“We want our citizens to enjoy their freedom, have their property safeguarded and have the freedom to go about doing their businesses without fear. Our zero tolerance to violence and corruption cannot be overemphasised.’’