Home Affairs Minister Hon. Stephen Kampyongo says the achievements of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) in the last ten years is attracting members from various opposition political parties.
Speaking when he featured on Radio Phoenix’s ‘Night Live’ program on Wednesday evening, Hon. Kampyongo said the recent defections of UPND Mbabala MP Hon. Ephraim Belemu and former UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma to PF is because they are able to see what the PF has achieved.
“Those coming out of UPND have realised that the opposition party is going forward in reverse gear” he said.
“Hon. GBM was not an ordinary member of the UPND, he was a vice president, before him was Dr. Canisius Banda, Mr Richard Kapita and Sikota Wina who have all left” he said.
Commenting on the defection of Stephen Masumba from the PF to UPND, Hon. Kampyongo said, “You can go fishing, you can fish bream, others fingerings, Kapenta it depends on the caliber that you as a party attract” he said.
And the Home Affairs Minister stated that the recent conviction of opposition UPND Sesheke MP Romeo Kang’ombe is a demonstration that the law is not selective.
He said the rule of law does not look at the status of an individual but looks at the crime committed.
“We have had our own members of the party serve sentences. When you break the law it doesn’t matter which political party you belong to” he said.
Hon. Kampyongo assured the Zambian people that police are ready to deal with any form of political violence.
He said Government has equipped the Zambia Police Service with new equipment to help them maintain law and order as the country heads towards the August 12 general elections.
“Police have been preparing, they have been attending refresher training programs in dealing with political activities that will be commencing soon. We have procured equipment to use in different operations including crowd control and political violence” he said.