PATRIOTIC Front (PF) member of the central committee (MCC) Mwenya Musenge has advised PF cadres to remain calm and peaceful as they await the outcome of the presidential petition filed by opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM).
And PF Copperbelt provincial chief security officer Elaston Chipili has said he was at pains to restrain the PF cadres who wanted to go into the streets to protest the decision of the Constitutional Court to breach its own rules in order to accommodate the interests of the opposition UPND.
Mr Musenge said it was imperative that PF cadres remained calm and peaceful while waiting for the outcome of the UPND petition because they were from the ruling party and were therefore expected to contribute to the maintenance of peace and unity in Zambia.
The former Chimwemwe constituency lawmaker said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that unlike opposition cadres who were involved in violence and other forms of lawlessness, the ruling party cadres should strive to keep calm no matter how much they felt provoked.
“Opposition cadres are involved in various forms of violence and lawlessness because they want to cause confusion in the country so that they can say that President Lungu has failed.
“But for PF cadres, they should not get involved in any kind of confusion in Zambia because they have a duty of bringing joy and pride to President Edgar Lungu who is God-fearing and always preaches peace,” he said
He said there was no need for PF cadres to panic because it was clear and every Zambian knew that President Lungu was elected republican President on August 11, 2016.
He said the PF government had respect for the judiciary and so it was imperative that it was left to do its work on the presidential petition filed by the UPND.
“No matter what happens, the truth of the matter is that President Lungu won the August 11 elections. Following his victory, the international community like the United States of America (USA) and the European Union (EU) congratulated him.
And Mr Chipili has said he was struggling to restrain the PF cadres who wanted to go in the street to protest over the decision of the Constitutional Court to breach its own rules in order to accommodate the interest of the opposition UPND.