President Michael Sata has directed the Zambia Security Intelligence Services Director-General and his senior officers to closely monitor and negate what he called manoeuvres by some opposition groups and their sympathisers which border on subversion.
President Sata says while his government is working hard to live up to people’s expectations, some opposition groups and their sympathisers are sowing seeds of discord in the people by discrediting the efforts by the government towards the realisation of its goals of devlivering to the people.
Addressing the ZSIS senior officers’ conference today, on the theme:”Efficient and Effective Intelligence: Key to Enhanced National Security, Sustainable Economic Development and the Fight Against Corruption”,President Sata noted that the theme for the conference could, therefore, not have come at a better time than this one given the subversive activities being hatched by some elements that are bitter about having lost the September 20 elections.
Mr Sata advised the senior Intelligence managers not be swayed in the fight against corruption by attempts by some elements who are deliberately misconstruing government’s efforts in order to gain political mileage.
He said the same elements have gone to the extent of promoting tribalism and regionalism to further undermine the government at the expense of national unity, peace and stability.
President Sata adds that it is the same corrutpion his government is fighting which has given birth to the tribalism and regionalism they are trying to use to divide the people of Zambia in a bid to protect themselves against possible prosecution.
He says the Zambian people lack essential services due to corruption and that this is why his government is resolved to fight the scourge.
The President said he was aware that the PF’s ascendancy to power has heightened the expectations of Zambians who had lost hope under the previous regime.
He urged the Zambia Security Intelligence Service (ZSIS) to contribute to the fight against corruption, and fight the scourge with renewed vigour.
And ZSIS Director-General Mr Regis Phiri pledged the intelligence service’s total loyalty to the Head of State, the Government and the people of Zambia.
This is contained in a statement released by Sata’s special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah.