Is it not strange that police now want to arrest those reporting PF pangs- Dr. Canisius Banda

ON PROFESSIONALISM and LACK THEREOF: ‘The Zambia Police Service has dismissed reports of violence in Lusaka yesterday. Commenting on media reports that suspected Patriotic Front (PF) cadres, wielding machetes, attempted to allegedly attack a rival faction, police spokesperson Charity Chanda said in an interview that it is not true that there were people with machetes. Ms Chanda warned that anyone found peddling lies and spreading falsehoods will be arrested’ [Zambia Police Service]. On the contrary, the Zambia Daily Mail, a government mouthpiece, in its edition today, 12 November 2013, in a front page story entitled, ‘Scared Traders Shut Doors’, states the following: ‘Tension gripped Lusaka’s central business district (CBD) and outlying areas yesterday when suspected Patriotic Front (PF) cadres, wielding machetes, attempted to allegedly attack a rival faction.’ Will the Zambia Police Service now arrest Mr Steven Mvula, a Zambia Daily Mail staffer and author of this story? Is it not strange that instead of arresting those who are freely roaming the streets of Lusaka wielding weapons with the intention of harming others, the police are now threatening innocent citizens? God help us! What have we done to deserve this? Twakunkula mwe mfumu ya mafumu! Lord hear us!

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