AN opposition political party is trying to make this country ungovernable by a sponsoring the bulk buying mealie meal and other essential commodities to create an artificial shortage on the market so that people can rise against government Patriotic Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya has charged.
But Mr Bwalys has said the leadership change the opposition leader wanted would not happen because Zambians would not allow it. He said this in an interview in Chinsali yesterday.
Mr Bwalya was in the entourage of President Edgar Lungu who was touring Muchinga Province to inspect development projects.
Mr. Bwalya said the PF was aware of machinations by a named party to breed discontentment among Zambians. He implored the police to pursue the matter further and bring the culprits to book.
“We are aware that a certain leader of an opposition political party is trying to make this country ungovernable using all kinds of political gimmicks.
“We are aware that they are trying to buy mealie meal and other essential commodities in bulk to create an artificial shortage in the hope that people will rise against Government for no reason at all but we shall not tolerate this,” Mr. Bwalya said.
He praised Government for terminating the contracts of four millers which were allegedly illegally exporting the commodity to other countries thereby creating shortage adding that the police should pursue the matter further to ensure that if such activities were still being done, perpetrators could be brought to book to arrest the situation.
“We would like to thank Government for terminating the contracts for four millers which were found to be exporting mealie meal without permission.
“These are partly to blame for the shortages experienced in other places and we commend the Government but we want it to go further and investigate the matter further.
We are calling upon the police to investigate this so that this vice can be stopped by imposing stiff punishment to deter would-be offenders,” he said.
And PF national youth chairperson Stephen Kampyongo urged the youths from his party not to resort to violence even under grave provocation from the opposition to shame those who were alleging that the ruling party was violent.
Mr. Kampyongo said the scenes at this year’s youth celebrations in Lusaka were regrettable as the youths missed an opportunity to be heard over the challenges they are going through by resorting to fighting.
“It was regrettable that the event which was meant to provide a platform to the youths in the country to air their views, to discuss their challenges, was marred with violence.
“I want to appeal to my fellow youths in the PF that while we know that there is one opposition leader who has openly declared that he is going to go for them, they should restrain themselves and not play to the gallery of this opposition leader. He was with us and we know that the doesn’t mean anything for the youths. For him, he only cares for his children and we are not going to be part of him,” Mr. Kampyongo said.