President Edgar Lungu has expressed concern with the culture of violence that has continued to flourish whenever there was an election in the country.
Mr Lungu said it was unfortunate that criminals were being dressed in PF regalia and deployed to Soweto market by the opposition to assault ordinary marketers conducting their business.
The President said there is a deliberate ploy to paint PF as a violent political party.
Mr. Lungu said he is saddened by the opposition’s orchestrated attempt to create lawlessness in the country leading to the 2016 general election.
The Head of State regretted that Forum for Democracy and Development president Edith Nawakwi’s irresponsible statement during her campaign in Bangweulu alleging that state agents were bent on rigging the election.
Mr Lungu regretted that dark corner meetings were being held across the country by the opposition who have since unleashed sporadic acts of violent activities where about seven Patriotic Front (PF) supporters were assaulted and Eastern Province Minister Malodzo Sichone’s vehicle was stoned.
This is according to a statement issued by President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.
President Lungu has since directed the police to arrest any perpetrators of violence regardless of their political affiliation.