Lungu will put Zambia on fire – Milupi

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President Lungu

President Lungu

IT’S extremely dangerous for President Edgar Lungu to encourage political violence, says ADD president Charles Milupi.

And Milupi has warned that it will be too late for the police and President Lungu to control the situation when law and order breaks down in Zambia.

When asked by journalists to comment on the escalating cases of political violence shortly before he departed for Ethiopia at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Thursday, President Lungu said those who give violence and hate to others will get violence and hate in return.

President Lungu said: “Violence breeds violence. Me, I will give them love and in turn they will give me love. But if they give people violence, they will get violence. That’s what the teachings tell us. So if I give you love, you will give me more love in return. So the more love I give to the people of Zambia, the more they give me. So those who give them violence and hate, they will give them violence and hate. That’s how it works.”

But Milupi warned that such a careless response from the Head of State could ignite fire in the country.

“It’s extremely dangerous for the Head of State to issue such a statement. Any other citizen it would have been an irresponsible statement; whether opposition political party leader or anybody else, it would have been so. Now coming from a Head of State, not only is it irresponsible, it’s extremely dangerous, that might as well be the spark that ignites the whole nation, it can happen,” Milupi warned.

“It’s irresponsible for President Lungu to respond in that manner, perhaps very disgraceful. We expect that when matters like that are addressed, from the Head of State, who is basically guiding the nation, there will be responsible responses that encourage people to refrain from vices such as violence and other things like corruption and abuse of public resources!”

He said Zambians were looking to the law for protection but when they felt they were not being protected, they tend to seek self-protection.

“You know, nobody has the preserve of violence. Society remains calm; law abiding as long as they [citizens] can look up to the law to protect them. Anywhere in the world, when you have a situation where the citizens no longer look up to the law, no longer trust the law to protect them, law and order breaks down because everyone now seeks to defend themselves,” Milupi said.

“In seeking to defend themselves, there are counter attacks to those who attack them. And for the Head of State to say an eye for an eye encourages this lawlessness that we are witnessing as a country and that encouragement of lawlessness is coming from the very top and so we expect to see an increase in spates of violence and ultimately we expect to see a response from those that are being attacked!”

He warned that when citizens begin to attack each other, President Lungu and the police would not control the situation.

“When we reach that stage, it will be too late for him [President Lungu], for the police to attempt to control it because the police will not be trusted, he [President Lungu] will not be trusted and when that happens, that’s when we break down into warlords. Look at Somalia! You think Somalia was not a normal country like Zambia?” Milupi asked.

“He [President Lungu] is playing dangerous games. His quest to remain in power is driving him to levels yet unseen in the history of this country. We have had so many presidents and nobody has openly come up with statements like that, it’s not right! It’s a dangerous statement!”

He said under the MMD, opposition parties freely held meetings, unlike now during the PF regime where ruling party cadres were unleashed on opposition party leaders when they gather for meetings.

Milupi said under the MMD regime, a mere police notification was enough for opposition leaders to hold their meetings peacefully without anybody restraining them even when there was the public order Act.

“What we see now is the police being used under the instruction of the President to stop opposition from having meetings. And indeed where they have meetings, PF cadres are unleashed to go and attack them and when the people complain and say this is not right, you say ‘an eye for an eye?’” wondered Milupi.

Source: Post Newspaper

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4 Responses to Lungu will put Zambia on fire – Milupi

  1. Graduate from Mugabe ZANU-PF

    Chimbwi No Plan
    February 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm
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  2. Vote this guy out on 11.08.2016. We want Hakainde Hichilema, Milupi and Nawakwi to take over.

    Mainza
    February 2, 2016 at 7:34 am
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  3. Ba milupi,lungu has demonstrated proper leadership.He takes my vote

    BWEUPE CHARLES
    February 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm
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  4. we want edgar chagwa lungu here in Barotseland if he is man enaf & only an insane wil run behind him(ecl).”we mis u kwa Bulozi”
    VIVA UPND

    Gen.McShoezy
    March 6, 2016 at 6:15 am
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