Government has warned that all perpetrators of the violence that occurred in Bweengwa in Monze district over the weekend will not escape the long arm of the law.
Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said the act is criminal, barbaric and incompatible with the country’s democratic dispensation which espouses unity and co-existence in diversity.
Mr. Kambwili who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services said the violence perpetrated by the alleged United Party for National Development (UPND) carders in Bweengwa should be condemned with the contempt it deserves.
The Minister said this in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today following the attack and holding captive of a convoy of government vehicles and officers including a ZANIS media crew in Bweengwa over the weekend by suspected UPND Carders.
And Mr. Kambwili said government is disappointed and holds the UPND liable for the Bweengwa violence which occurred over the weekend.
Mr. Kambwili said government’s conviction about the perpetrators of the violence being UPND is supported by the statement by UPND member Douglass Syakalima in today Post newspaper where he has endorsed the Bweengwa violence.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kambwili said competition for political office should be on merit and issue based and not through violence, tribalism regionalism or any other consideration.
Mr. Kambwili has since urged Zambians to reject political parties that believe in violence saying the nation has enjoyed peace for over 50 years which should not be sacrificed by selfish motives of few disgruntled and misguided individuals.