Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila should update Parliament and the nation on reports of militia training allegedly being conducted by the opposition UPND, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has directed.
He ordered that Mr Mwila yesterday that the update should be made within the course of this week.
The Speaker was ruling on a point of order raised by Patriotic Front (PF) Kapiri Mposhi member of Parliament Eddie Musonda who wanted to know whether the Minister of Home Affairs was in order to keep quite without updating the House and the nation on reports that UPND was training militias in Lusaka.
“Mr Speaker, there are allegations that there is a political party which is training militias in this country. Is the Minister of Home Affairs in order to keep quite and not inform this House and the nation on the training of militias by a political party,” Mr Musonda said.
It was at this point that the Speaker directed that Mr Mwila updates the nation through Parliament within the course of this week.
On Saturday, the police raided UPND vice president in charge of administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s Luanshya road office taking away some items believed to be part of the party’s alleged plot to train militia.
The police arrested 21 youths who were found at the premises in connection with the alleged militia nursery. This followed President Edgar Lungu’s alert that the opposition United Party for National Development was training militias in Lusaka.
Dr Matibini also directed Mr Mwila to issue a separate ministerial statement on allegations raised by UPND Choma Central Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa that police officers who had been deployed in his constituency to maintain law and order were harassing citizens.
“Mr Speaker, on 17th of last month the Patriotic Front government through the police heavily militarized Choma by sending hundreds of hundreds paramilitary police officers who are still in Choma today,” he said.
He said the police officers in for sex from women and girls, adding that life had become unbearable.
The Speaker directed Mr Mwila to respond to issues raised by Mr Mweetwa through a ministerial statement within the course of this week.