By NATION REPORTER
GOVERNMENT leaders and UPND senior officials have been warned that they risk facing the wrath of the law should they continue engaging in corruption, gangsterism, militia mentality and disregard of the rule of law.
Information and Media Minister Chushi Kasanda has revealed that there are some government and UPND senior officials who are using the police and are engaging in corruption and other illegalities in total disregard of the rule of law.
Ms Kasanda, has stated in no uncertain terms that the UPND senior officials and government functionaries who would be found wanting shall not be protected but shall face the full wrath of the law.
She said the government and UPND officials perpetrating corruption and other illegalities were on their own, warning that law enforcement officers failing to take action against perpetrators of illegalities on account of their political affiliation, would be treated as accomplices and shall face corresponding consequences.
She said government was extremely disappointed that vices, including illegal land acquisition and allocation, illegal harvesting and transportation of Mukula tree and illegal mining and selling of minerals such as gold, lithium and sugilite, were taking place with the blessing of some government and UPND senior officials.
“This is totally unacceptable under the new dawn administration, presided over by President Hakainde Hichilema, and must be stopped immediately. Government is fully aware of the schemes being used to keep the law enforcement agencies in abeyance. Lawless individuals are misusing the name of the ruling party, and names of some senior party and government officials, as being the ones under whose instructions they are committing the illegalities,” Ms Kasanda said.
She said this government, under the leadership of President Hichilema would like to make it abundantly clear that gangsterism, militia mentality and disregard of the rule of law has no place in the current political dispensation.
“President Hichilema is on record saying that the UPND administration will never condone corruption or any other illegality, no matter who the perpetuators are. Equality the rule of law shall continue to be the hallmark of the UPND administration under the leadership of President Hichilema,” she said.