THE Patriotic Front (PF) yesterday visited the families of the victims of suspected ritual murders in Zingalume to deliver messages of condolences from President Edgar Lungu who has expressed deep sorrow and sadness at the recent spate of heinous crimes and the resultant riots and looting.
The ruling party led by State House permanent secretary Emmanuel Chilubanama and PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya visited five families of the victims and delivered an assortment of foodstaffs to the families.
Mr Bwalya said President Lungu had sent them to visit the families to encourage them that the ruling party and Government were concerned about the brutal loss of lives. He assured them that the police were not going to rest until the perpetrators of such barbaric acts were arrested and brought to book.
Mr Bwalya said President Lungu was aware that the opposition had been politicising the suspected ritual murders and that some opposition leaders had even gone to the extent of blaming the Head of State over the riots that broke out.
He said President Lungu would have loved to personally visit the bereaved families but because of other pressing national duties, he had delegated Mr Chilubanama and the PF deputy spokesperson.
Mr Bwalya said President Lungu was an ordinary and humble leader who had always wanted to be close to Zambians. He was therefore saddened that criminals were causing terror in communities.
He said the President was determined to have the perpetrators arrested so that they could account for their barbaric and inhuman actions against humanity.
“President Lungu has sent us to come and mourn with you. The President would have loved to personally visit you and share your suffering with him but because of other national commitments, he has delegated us.
‘‘As the PF, we know that the opposition has been politicising the barbaric acts and went to the extent of blaming him (President) Lungu of having caused the riots.
‘‘President Lungu is a humble and ordinary leader who fears God and is with you in your mourning, Mr Bwalya told the families of Anthony Mwaba and Amon Sichamba who were slain and their body parts taken away.
And Joshua Mwaba, the father Anthony and Zachariah Sikapizi, the brother of Amon Sichamba thanked President Lungu for mourning with their families.