The decision by UPND to defy orders very unfortunate, Lungu

Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu

Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu

Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu described as unfortunate the stance taken by the  UPND to go ahead and accompany Party leaders to the Police station despite the ban by the Government against doing so.

Lungu says there was no need for the UPND to defy government orders because the Government had decided to put up the order because it is its duty to put administrative measures to enhance law and order in the country.

Lungu has noted that law and order is part of constitutionalism hence the need for government to enhance it for peace to prevail.

He was reacting to allegations by the United Party for National Development (UPND) deputy spoke’s person Cornelius Mweetwa that there is no legislature that allows banning political party cadres from escorting their leaders when they are appearing for questioning at any police station.

“It makes sense for me to enhance law that would allow peace to prevail,” he said

Lungu has accused UPND of perpetrating anarchy in the country adding that he would allow Zambians to judge who the anarchists are.

“What constitutional provision allows UPND cadres to attack police officers”, he asked
The Home Affairs Minister also noted that the behavior that was portrayed by the UPND cadres was uncalled for.

“Suppose a life was lost, would they have said it is not legislature,” Lungu said.

Last week, government banned escorts of either party cadres or a mob for any person summoned by police for questioning describing the trend as a recipe 0for unruly behavior and anarchy.