SPEAKER of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini yesterday ordered Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila to issue a comprehensive statement on the Bweengwa violence on Saturday following President Edgar Lungu’s visit to the area.
UPND cadres ambushed and detained Government officials, members of the press and Patriotic Front members who attended President Lungu’s meeting in Bweengwa constituency, leaving four cars smashed.
PF Kapiri Mposhi member of Parliament Eddie Musonda wanted to know through the Speaker whether Government was in order to keep quiet over the matter by not updating Parliament and the nation at large.
Mr Musonda stated that on Saturday after President Lungu addressed a meeting in Bweengwa and left for Itezhi-Itezhi, members of the press, Government officials and PF party members where ambushed and detained by suspected UPND cadres.
“Mr Speaker, my point of order is to the Government particularly the Ministry of Home Affairs whether they are in order to come to this House and keep quiet on this matter by not telling us what they have done to foster peace and unity in Southern Province,” he said.
Before Mr Musonda could finish tabling his point of order, UPND Bweengwa Member of Parliament Highvie Hamududu got incensed by the pointer of order and passed an emotional running commentary asking him (Mr Musonda) whether he was there when the violence occurred.
“Were you there?” Mr Hamududu asked on top of his voice while Mr Musonda was on the floor of the House.
But the Speaker immediately intervened by telling Mr Hamududu. “Honorable member for Bweengwa, you cannot justify your question.”
The Speaker directed Mr Mwila to issue a statement over the matter this week.
Meanwhile, Government has called upon Zambians to name and shame people that were perpetrating political violence ahead of the August 11 general elections.
Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said the nation had enjoyed peace for over 50 years which could not be sacrificed for selfish motives.
Mr. Kambwili has stressed that competition for political office should be on merit and issue-based and not through violence.
He said the incident that occurred in Bweengwa in Monze at the weekend where Government officers and including a ZANIS crew were attacked and held captive, was shameful and unacceptable.
Mr. Kambwili said the incident should be condemned with the contempt it deserves.
He said Zambians were entitled to a free and peaceful atmosphere and to go about their business in any part of the country as guaranteed in the republican Constitution and no one has the right to disrupt them.