President Edgar Lungu by virtue of him being Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is the Chief Police Officer; the number one police officer in this country.
The entire police command is under him. So when he stands up and announces that if the police have failed to deal with UPND he will use the PF cadres to sort out UPND it simply means that he has opted to abdicate his position as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and he has instead resorted to resign himself to the position of Commander-in-Chief of the armed PF Cadres. In short, Edgar Lungu has overthrown himself as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and he has since become a mere commander of armed PF cadres.
It is clear that Mr Edgar Lungu has failed to grasp the fact that he is the President of the whole country and not just a President of PF. It is clear that Mr Lungu has completely forgotten that he sow allegiance to save the people of Zambia and not to save only the members of PF. First of all, his statement on the violence in Bweengwa was not only reckless but very inflammatory and dangerous. Such sentiments coming from a person in his position can easily incite civil strife. It is time, Mr Lungu tamed his tongue. Secondly, we wish to condemn in strongest terms the abductions and violence that occurred in Bweengwa.
The police should ensure that the perpetrators of such criminal acts are punished. Political violence is a symptom of a failed state. Political violence is a product of failed leadership. It is clear that the PF have failed to provide the necessary leadership thus the current breakdown of law and order. When Mr Lungu say the police have failed, in essence he is admitting that he as Commander-in-Chief, as the number one police officer has failed. We urge both PF and UPND to desist from acts of violence and help preserve the peace in our land.
Issued by Antonio Mwanza,