THE Ministry of Defence has discovered that some opposition political parties have embarked on a propaganda campaign aimed at discrediting the leadership of President Rupiah Banda’s Government through music being distributed on CDs in some military cantonments.
Defence Minister Kalombo Mwansa said all political parties must not extend their political activities and campaign to any military cantonment.
Dr Mwansa said in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday that it was not only a matter of grave concern but also unfortunate.
“It is an act of extreme desperation and not in line with public opinion. Military cantonments house officers – men and women, who have dedicated their lives to provision of security in our country,” he said.
He said the men and women in uniform must be allowed free room to execute the provision of security undisturbed by political propaganda and campaigns.
Dr Mwansa said their loyalty was to the Government of the day and the people of Zambia.
“We appeal to all political parties to respect the non-partisan position of the military personnel and encourage our officers to pursue their calling undisturbed,” Dr Mwansa said.
Dr Mwansa said the military personnel shoulder heavy responsibilities in order for them to keep peace, stability, unity and territorial integrity of the country.
“In this regard, partisan campaigns may detract them from this noble cause and create a situation that may compromise our nation’s stability,” he said.