SERVICE chiefs have warned warmongers that they are closely monitoring their ‘‘national peace threatening behaviour’’ and they will not tolerate violence ahead of the general elections.
Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Commander Lieutenant General Eric Chimese said the service chiefs had observed with great concern the ‘‘carelessness, lack of patriotism, hooliganism and total indiscipline’’ over the past few months by some citizens.
Gen. Chimese said this yesterday when President Edgar Lungu commissioned the U$ 1.4 million Zambia ZAF Twin Palm Public-Private Partnership project in Lusaka which would comprise various facilities such as a shopping mall, schools, sporting facilities and offices among others.
“As defence chiefs, we are seriously concerned with carelessness, lack of patriotism, hooliganism and total indiscipline that has been observed over the past few months from some of our citizens,” he said.
Gen. Chimese said the calls for violence and lawlesness was a serious threat that could not be allowed to continue growing in the country.
“Some of the perpetrators of genocide whomwe hear being arrested and convicted in our sister countries within Africa it is because of statements made by these people before genocide.
“Some of the utterances made cannot even be compared to what we are seeing in our own Zambian media today, both print and electronic,” he said.
Gen. Chimese said violence should not be tolerated at all in Zambia.
“We have numerous examples of the effects of violence in Africa and world over. We, as Zambians,
are known world over for peace. Thus, we do not want peace keepers to come to Zambia,” Gen. Chimese said.
And Lt Gen. Chimese has revealed that the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) in conjunction with Civil Aviation Authority have resolved to exercise maximum strictness in the management of the airspace during campaign period.
“We are advising all our partners who are intending to fly around the country to religiously adhere to the laid down procedures,” he said.
And President Lungu said over K20 billion was targeted to be raised from commercial entities during the concession period.
The Head of State said about K2 billion would also accrue to Government in concession fees.
He said the ZAF project was a landmark decision which resonates with his message on a transformational culture for a smart Zambia now.
“Government will continue with various developmental projects to spur economic growth,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said following his interactions with Zambians across the country, it was evident that PF was trusted to continue governing the country.
Meanwhile, Gen. Chimense said the project would enable ZAF generate revenue and reduce dependence on the Treasury.
Gen. Chimese said infrastructure inventory had tremendously improved since the PF came into power.
And representative of the consortium of developers, Shen Yaolin, said his company wanted to help bridge the housing deficit gap of about 2 million.
Mr. Yaolin said the project would create close to 3000 jobs.