A Clergyman has called on politicians in the country to stop blaming the police for enforcing the Public Order Act because it is not the police who enacted it.
Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia Board Member Rev Aaron Chilujinka has said that politicians should stop blaming their failure to repeal the Act on the police who just enforce it.
He said it is not the duty of the police to change the POA but politicians who fail to repeal the law in parliament.
Rev Chilujinka who was featuring on 5FM’s the Burning Issue radio program together with ruling PF aspirant for Kasama Central Kelvin Sampa and opposition UPND aspirant for Kafue Saboi Imboela said it will be prudent for political players to push for the repealing of the Act instead of blaming the police.
He said whether bad or good the police have the duty to enforce the law hence should not be blamed for doing their job.
He said the Republican President swears to uphold the law and one of the laws he swears to uphold is the POA hence politicians should not cry but rather act to repeal the Act.
And UPND aspiring candidate for Kafue Saboi Imboela said the party in government does not want to repeal the Act because it works for them.
She said the PF had back tracked on their promise to repeal the Act which they promised to do when they were in opposition and are now using the same law against the opposition especially the UPND.
She said the violence towards the UPND from the PF had escalated and that the church should try to help by talking against the violence.
She said the PF are throwing insults at the opposition at will but that the Church has not acted like they used to act when PF was at the receiving end of the insults and violence from the then ruling party MMD.
She said if the violence continues the opposition will be forced to react as it is within the rights to defend themselves.
Meanwhile Kelvin Sampa the Kasama Central aspirant on the PF ticket refuted claims that the ruling party was perpetrating violence.
He said there might have been pockets of violence in same places but that the PF is a peaceful party and does not encourage violence from members.
Mr Sampa said violence should be condemned regardless of who is the perpetrator and that political leaders should assume responsibility of the actions of their cadres.