Govt. condemns hooliganism among cadres

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Government has expressed concern at the levels of indiscipline among political party cadres in the country.

Chief Government Spokesperson Joseph Katema said it was saddening that some political party cadres were committing acts of criminality under the guise of vigilance and in total disregard of the rule of law.

Dr. Katema, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said the country has law enforcement agencies in place and therefore any suspicion of criminal activities must be reported to these institutions which all Zambians must trust and respect.

He was referring to United Party for National Development (UPND) cadre who yesterday weekend allegedly assumed the role of enforcement officers by impounding trucks carrying materials for the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)

In a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Dr. Katema said the behaviour exhibited by the UPND cadres was unacceptable and amounts to anarchy and was a total disregard for the law

He has since warned all political party cadres that government shall not condone mischief and hooliganism adding that people involved in such rumour mongering will be dealt with by the law.

And Dr. Katema said the law will be firmly applied on all those who instil fear in the citizens by making dangerous and unsubstantiated claims that have the potential to cause political unrest in the country.

He advised political party leaders to restrain their supporters from actions that can plunge the country into chaos.

Meanwhile, Dr. Katema has implored law enforcement agencies to assume their roles and not to be intimidated by hooligans.

He said the police and other law enforcement agencies should ensure that they nip indiscipline and hooliganism indiscriminately and without fear

Dr. Katema said government was determined to ensure that all Zambian people exercise their right to vote in a free and peaceful atmosphere.

On the other hand, Mr. Katema said government is disappointed with the reported verbal and physical harassment of a ZNBC crew that had gone to interview UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema by his supporters.

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