STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT says its patience with people who have been refusing to recognise President Lungu has run out and has warned that they will be arrested and charged with treason if they continue.
Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo said in Lusaka yesterday that it is treasonable for anyone to claim that President Lungu is not Zambiaâ€™s head of State.
â€œEnough is enough. Anyone who does not want to recognise the legitimately elected and sworn-in head of State will be arrested and charged with treason,â€ Mr Kampyongo said.
He was speaking during a Patriotic Front (PF) interactive forum.
â€œTake heed now. We are not playing. We have a country to run and we will not be hijacked by a few little people with a little money,â€ he warned.
â€œWe are in charge of this country and President Lungu is firmly in control.â€
Mr Kampyongo said the PF is a responsible government and that it was time those who lost last yearâ€™s general and presidential elections sobered up and accepted that there is a legitimately elected President in Zambia.
â€œAnyone who dares the police will have themselves to blame. President Lungu comfortably won the election and the Chief Justice (Irene Mambilima) swore him in after the court process proved that he was legitimately elected and had fulfilled the 50-percent-plus-one vote requirement,â€ he said.
Mr Kampyongo said people should not be misled that there will be another inauguration of a new president because it will never happen until after the 2021 elections.
He said opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema is desperate to remain relevant to the politics of the country after losing elections four times.
Mr Kampyongo said Mr Hichilema is allegedly telling his followers lies that there will be another inauguration even when he knows that this is impossible.
Mr Hichilema has lost the 2006, 2011, 2015 and 2016 presidential elections.
He and his party have consistently been refusing to recognise President Lungu as Zambiaâ€™s head of State.
STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka