PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary general Davies Chama has said that members of the ruling party are not involved in any criminal activities in markets and bus stations.
In dismissing allegations that PF cadres are controlling affairs in markets and bus stations, Mr Chama said party members have nothing to do with the running of these facilities.
“There are all sorts of characters involved in various criminal affairs in most of these bus stops and markets but some bitter opposition political parties are now trying to use this to tarnish the name of the PF,” Mr Chama said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday.
Mr Chama said bus stations like the Inter-city Bus Terminus in Lusaka are controlled by people employed by the council and this is the case at other stations and most markets.
He said the PF leadership has advised its cadres against violence and they have heeded this counsel.
Mr Chama said the allegations against the PF members are mere utterances by political rivals who are bitter about losing last month’s election.
He urged Zambians not to believe allegations against the party members.
Meanwhile, Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) executive director Engwase Mwale has condemned the alleged beating of a woman at Soweto Market over the weekend.
The UPND has alleged that she was beaten by PF cadres.
“Violence in marketplaces can deter women from earning the much-needed income. It is a known fact that women, as mothers, bear the brunt of the harsh realities of the economy,” she said.
Mrs Mwale appealed to the Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani to arrest the suspects.