GEOFFREY Bwalya Mwamba has welcomed President Edgar Lungu’s recent announcement that he will institute a commission of inquiry into the post-election violence last month.
But UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has described the announcement by the President as cheap politicking.
Mr Mwamba, who is UPND vice president for administration, however said he hoped that the inquiry would not target him and Mr Hichilema as culprits.
‘‘If he (the President) means what he says then it’s good for democracy and all of us will know who the perpetrators of violence are and I hope the inquiry is not to target me and HH because these PF policemen are a problem,’’ he said. He alleged that President Edgar Lungu and his supporters were known to be violent, stating that before he left the party, violence in the PF was controllable, but now the levels were unprecedented, which was a danger to society.
Meanwhile, PF media and publicity committee member Sunday Chanda said GBM should be the last person to condemn violence because he was better known as the master mind of violence in Zambia.
Mr Mwamba said the commission of inquiry should have neutral and sober-minded people and not those who were biased and no one should interfere in the process so that it could bring out the truth of what transpired.
But Mr Hichilema has described as ‘cheap politicking’ President Lungu’s announcement that he will institute a commission of inquiry into the recent election-related violence.
In his inaugural speech last Tuesday President Lungu said he would set up an inquiry to probe all those who were involved in the post-election violence to be brought to book and serve as0 a lesson to other would-be perpetrators of violence.