CHIEF government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has dismissed allegations from the United Party for National Development (UPND) that Patriotic Front (PF) cadres are behind the killing of Grayzer Matapa.
Mr Kambwili said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that it is not true that Government is shielding suspected PF cadres who allegedly murdered Mr Matapa in Lusaka’s Mtendere township because that is a criminal case and criminality is not allowed.
“Government cannot shield murderers because its duty is to protect everyone no matter the political party they support,” he said.
Mr Kambwili, who is also minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said police should be allowed to be professional and thoroughly investigate the matter until perpetrators are brought to book.
“Government wishes to convey its deepest condolences to the Matapa family for a great loss,” he said.
Mr Kambwili said Government has a duty to protect the people not to kill or threaten anyone as alleged by the UPND.
He was responding to media reports that some PF cadres murdered a UPND supporter over the weekend.
And UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has written to President Lungu over the alleged murder of Mr Matapa and appealed to him to intervene in the matter as police have allegedly failed to arrest the suspects.
Mr Hichilema said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that despite the many reports that the UPND have made to the police, they have never bothered to protect them.
“Our continued call for calmness has fallen on deaf ears,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said the death of Mr Matapa could have been avoided if police had taken action because the deceased had earlier reported the alleged harassment by suspected PF supporters.
He challenged Mrs Libongani to resign if police cannot protect citizens.
eople of Zambia, she should resign.
He said he has written to Mrs Libongani for a meeting so that she can explain why the police are allowing violence.
And Mr Hichilema has challenged church mother bodies to speak out against violence and help to guide the nation.