HONE SIAME, Lusaka
THE Patriotic Front (PF) is saddened by unprecedented levels of anarchy and acrimony being peddled by political elements aimed at distracting the ruling party and Government from fulfilling its mandate of improving the socio-economic welfare of citizens.
PF secretary-general Davies Mwila said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that the party is saddened by systematic attempts by some political elements to dent the image of the PF government internationally.
Mr Mwila said the past few weeks have been marred by attempts by a few attention-seeking and misguided groupings to distract the ruling party from providing the required leadership to the nation.
He said the PF is a law-abiding party determined to improve the lives of people in line with its pro-poor manifesto and progressive national agenda.
Mr Mwila said opposition political parties sowing seeds of strife and discord must take a leaf from the PF by respecting the will of the people in the August 11, 2016 general elections by acting responsibly.
He said the ruling party remains fully committed to fostering unity and development for every Zambian.
â€œAs the whole world can attest, His Excellency the President Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu is a peace-loving, understanding, principled, tolerant, listening and democratic leader mandated by the Zambian constitution to ensure national security and the rule of law in this great republic,â€ Mr Mwila said.
He said Zambia has always been known as a beacon of peace and that all citizens have an obligation to respect the rule of law.
â€œPolitical power comes from the people through the ballot and not from burning schools, courts and markets. We urge the opposition to get in touch with reality and wake up from their self-induced illusion,â€ Mr Mwila said.
He said it is laughable to expect President Lungu to distract the operations of the police and judiciary as this would be tantamount to abuse of his privileges.
He said President Lungu is bound by his sworn oath to protect and uphold the rule of law by ensuring that the law takes it course against lawbreakers regardless of theirÂ social or economic standing in society.
He said it is imperative for all political leaders to embrace the spirit of patience that the PF exhibited before assuming office in 2011 under late President Michael Sata.
â€œIn the spirit of true patriotism, while in opposition, the PF remained committed to building itself through membership mobilisation while serving its democratic purpose of providing checks and balances on productive issues,â€ Mr Mwila said.
He said the party leadership will not allow naysayers to distract it from fulfilling its national transformational agenda and disrupt the various developmental projects that Government is undertaking across the country.
Mr Mwila urged the Zambian people across the country to safeguard the countryâ€™s peace and unity by promoting the â€˜One Zambia, one nationâ€™ motto.
HONE SIAME, Lusaka