POLICE and other law enforcement agencies should immediately start raiding campaign camps of all political parties to search for offensive weapons such as petrol bombs that were discovered in Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s house in Kasama on Wednesday.
Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Davis Chama has charged that it has become extremely important for the police to randomly visit and search campaign centres of all political parties, including the ruling Patriotic Front, and that they would be shocked at the amount of weaponry they would discover in some camps.
Mr Chama said the discovery of petrol bombs and other weapons at Mr Mwamba’s residence in Kasama was a sign that the UPND was seriously plotting post-election violence and that the police should prevent the act by ensuring that the suspects were arrested and remanded in custody. He said in an interview yesterday that the PF was ready to have its campaign camps across the country visited and searched by the police, stating that it was frightening that the UPND had created armouries in their campaign camps to prepare for violence.
Mr Chama said the UPND has been threatening Armageddon and chaos if they were going to lose the general elections next month and the discovery of petrol bombs and other offensive weapons at Mr Mwamba’s residence in Kasama had confirmed their plans to make the country ungovernable through violence.
“Those who are keeping weapons in their homes belong to jails. They should not be allowed to mingle with people in our communities because they are a danger to the lives of the people. As PF we wish to challenge the police and other law enforcement agencies to raid and search all campaign camps for all political parties including my party.
‘‘We are ready to be searched and the police should raid other campaign centres for the UPND and they will be shocked at the number of weapons they will discover,” Mr Chama said.
Mr Chama said Zambia was a democracy and that the country has had many general elections from 1991 and that there had never been the kind of political violence during elections such as the kind that had characterized the current campaigns. He said that the UPND was a naturally violent political organization, recalling that the opposition party hounded out its vice-presidents Patrick Chisanga and Sakwiba Sikota purely on the basis that the duo were did not hail from Southern Province.
“The ascendancy of Mr Hichilema to the UPND presidency has the history of violence and tribalism. Patrick Chisanga and Sakwiba Sikota were hounded out of the party because they did not hail from Southern Province.
‘‘Mr Hichilema refused to sign an Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) peace treaty because he does not believe in peace. Anyhow, it is unacceptable for the UPND to be stocking ammunition in their campaign camps,” Mr Chama said.