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Lungu exposes opposition plot

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PRESIDENT Lungu is concerned that some opposition political parties are plotting violence ahead of the 2016 general elections.
The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation reports that the President said he has received reports that some opposition parties are bent on creating lawlessness in the country.
He said that the scheme was to start with yesterday’s Bangweulu Parliamentary by-election and some ward elections in Kasama and Isoka in the run-up to next year’s polls.
President Lungu has regretted that Forum for Democracy and Development president Edith Nawakwi encouraged voters in Bangweulu to seize government property which she claimed was carrying rigged ballots.
The head of State says Ms Nawakwi’s statement led to some polling stations opening late.
The President said this yesterday through his special assistant for press and public relations, Amos Chanda.
President Lungu added that he is aware that a senior member of the UPND is sponsoring violence, which has resulted in seven PF supporters being attacked.
The President also disclosed that there is a scheme to paint the ruling PF as a violent party by dressing criminals in Patriotic Front (PF) regalia at Lusaka’s Soweto market to attack innocent marketeers.
He has warned that he will not spare anyone, regardless of their position, in his efforts to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, KELVIN CHONGO reports that President Lungu says he is working towards making the PF a more formidable political party that does not tolerate violence.
He said this when former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa paid a courtesy call on him at State House yesterday.
President Lungu also said plans to revive Zambia’s national airline have reached an advanced stage.
Mr Mkapa, the third President of Tanzania, is in Zambia at the invitation of Zambia’s former President Kenneth Kaunda, from whom he has taken over as Cavendish University Chancellor.
Mr Mkapa hailed the warm neighbourly relations between Tanzania and Zambia.
He commended Zambians for conducting themselves peacefully during the January 20 presidential election, which saw President Lungu emerge as sixth President of Zambia.
“Tanzania hopes to take the same path when it goes to the polls in October this year by maintaining peaceful elections,” he said.
And President Lungu says he is doing his best to make the PF a stronger party that does not condone violence.
Mr Lungu said he is concerned that the culture of violence sometimes takes centre stage whenever there are elections.
He has also called on politicians in the country to accept results when they lose elections.

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