Chief Government Spokesperson, Kennedy Sakeni, says suggesting abuse of power by the State, especially on the Public Order Act, is the worst form of lies and deceit that can ever come from two self respecting leaders of the civil society that claim to mean well for the country.
Mr Sakeni notes that it is clear that Evangelical Fellowship (EFZ) Executive Director, Pukuta Mwanza, and Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) Executive Director Mcdonald Chipenzi, are determined to ignore the fundamental realities of governance for selfish motives.
He said in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today that Rev Mwanza and Mr Chipenzi should know that a contemptuous and acrimonious approach to national matters will not yield any positive results.
Mr Sakeni advised that it is fair for the duo to engage the Minister of Justice if there are other wider governance issues they want to raise with government.
“This exhibitionist aura they crave to generate around themselves will not help in addressing any substantive issues they seek to resolve with the State but will only assist in exposing their familiar political affiliation and agenda,” he noted.
“Fairness demands that they unmask themselves as opposed to hiding behind the gracious principles and convictions of the organisations they claim to represent,” Mr Sakeni added.
He said it is common knowledge that the police are the enforcers of the law and noted that the Patriotic Front administration does not in any way interfere with their work.
Mr Sakeni said this is so because the Executive seeks to see law enforcers who uphold professionalism in their service to all citizens of their status.
“If it is Rev Mwanza and Mr Chipenzi‘s submission now that the Public Order Act must be amended, surely they know what route to take instead of these wanton attacks on the State,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Mr Sakeni has encouraged the police to keep operating in a manner that permits fairness and justice just like they have done since President Michael Sata assumed office.
He further urged stakeholders to refrain from declaring disputes before engaging the State conclusively as it is resolute on establishing closer working relationships with various stakeholders for the benefit of the country.
Evangelical Church of Zambia (EFZ) Executive Director, Pukuta Mwanza and Forum for Democratic Process (FODEP), Executive Director Mcdonald Chipenzi, have been cited to have accused government of abusing the Public Order Act.