Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Police Deployed to Guard PF Secretariat Amid Fears of Clashes Following Lungu’s Return to Politics

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The Zambia Police has been dispatched to provide security at the Patriotic Front (PF) Secretariat as tensions rise and concerns mount over potential clashes between rival factions following the announcement of former President Edgar Lungu’s return to active politics. Home Affairs Minister Jack Mwimbu revealed the move, emphasizing that the internal divisions within the PF pose a risk to peace and could undermine investor confidence.

Addressing the media in Lusaka, Jack Mwimbu dismissed any insinuations that the government is supporting newly elected PF President Miles Sampa to destabilize the party. He affirmed the government’s commitment to maintaining peace and security within Zambia and addressing the ongoing internal disputes within the PF.

The Minister shed light on the recent extraordinary convention held by the PF, stating that the event was under police protection because the organizers provided timely notice for it. He refuted claims that police had been refusing permits to the faction led by Given Lubinda, clarifying that any issues related to security concerns on proposed rally dates were the primary reasons for any adjustments in the schedules.

The deployment of police to the PF Secretariat comes amid heightened tensions within the party, as various factions grapple for control and influence, particularly following Edgar Lungu’s announcement of his return to active politics.

In another development, Minister Mwimbu commended the security agencies in Zambia for their recent efforts in cracking down on notorious criminals, often referred to as “junkies,” in the Chibolya compound and other parts of Lusaka. He highlighted the government’s unwavering commitment to ensuring peace and security for all Zambians, underscoring the importance of maintaining law and order throughout the nation.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Ba Mwiimbu if you can deploy police to protect Miles Sampa why do you fail to send police to opposition rallies which take only hours. Guarding Miles Sampa will be 24/7. Why don’t you let them clash and arrest them?
    We are not children. Time will tell.

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    • @Deja, you are disappointing us this past month, you used to be mature. You really want Miles get disabled?
      Remember your PF’s Kungo was buried dead … cadres have no mercy.

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  2. I agree in a way leave it alone and let the 2 factions destroy what they want !!
    by the way Who actually asked for the protection ?
    Dont be surprised if its ECL and his cronies, as they have been wounded and liable to go to any means

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  3. Just like the case with Miles Sampa, I doubt Mwiimbu’s sanity. Those close to them must quickly take them to Chainama

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  4. You are a cow. Difference between guarding a place and blocking party members from accessing their building. 2026 I will personally shoot you in the legs

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    • the only shooting you are well known for is with your mouth !
      the golden revolver mentioned many times in the past was just in your dreams

  5. The police are there to ensure law and order. Police are there to protect private property which is under threat from two PF factions each claiming legitimate ownership to access the property. Thumbs up the Minister for allowing police to be deployed to safe guard the PF premises pending court decisions!! The comment from Kaizar Zulu above just confirms why police must guard the PF offices and only allow access once the court ruling is delivered.

  6. Jack what are you afraid of we all know that you have no direction Zambians are now frustrated with your poor governance , you have done wrongs in all areas of this government and you have no where to hide everything is falling apart.
    This country is now in shambles all wings of governance is in total chaos everything in this nation is now a joke , Zambians are suffering twice with extreme poverty nothing seems to be working parliament in confusion.
    Zambians are not happy your leadership you have the trust people invested in you you are now the laughing stork .

  7. Miles Sampa PF support base is being vastly overrated. His faction has very, very few genuine PF members. Most of Sampa’s supporters are UPND, some of whom I personally know. If there was any clash with true greens, Sampa’s group would be obliterated.

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    • When you fail, you blame others. When others succeed, you loot their success. PF are war mongering thugs, and now that they are killing each other, they want to blame someone else for their violent nature

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    • He was as for a breakdown of the delegates to his general meeting, he started bubbling with all sorts explanations. Even his eloquence betrayed him. He looks mad. Whoever wants to use Sampa to kill the opposition is doing Zambia a great disfavor.
      You cannot kill the opposition… remember that bird called the Phoenix?

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  8. the only shooting you are well known for is with your mouth !
    the golden revolver mentioned many times in the past was just in your dreams

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  9. Shameless UPND whatever you do or say people knows your intentions, when did you started to protect the opposition? since you took power yours is to arrest and detain the opposition and here you are talking about protecting PF secretariat Insuni ebuntu.

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