PRESIDENT Michael Sata says anyone who engages in criminal activities should be jailed.
And Vice-President Dr Guy Scott has described as foolishness the action by cadres who beat up their fellow PF members on Saturday.
President Sata said this at Katete's Mpangwe Motel when home affairs minister Edgar Lungu briefed him on the arrest of one person suspected to have been among the group supporting defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba that beat up PF officials and damaged public infrastructure at Lusaka's Northmead High School on Saturday.
"Boss bagwila muntu wa GBM Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba
ati Innocent, bamupasa aggravated robbery Boss police have arrested one of GBM's supporters only identified as Innocent and he has been charged with aggravated robbery
," said Lungu as President Sata responded: "Yes if he is a criminal then he should be jailed."
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga stated yesterday that Innocent Kalimisha, 32, of Chawama compound was arrested for assault and malicious damage to property in connection with the beating up of PF officials and smashing window panes at Northmead Basic School.
"Mr Kalimisha has been charged with five counts of assault contrary to section 248 and three counts of malicious damage to property contrary to section 335 sub section 1 of the Penal Code of the Laws of Zambia. He has since been released on police bond and he is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow (today) September 4," stated Hamoonga.
And some of Mwamba's supporters from Lusaka that had travelled to Katete for President Sata's rallies in the area, attempted to organise youths from Petauke and Katete to rough up Lusaka Province youth chairman Kennedy Kamba.
However, their plan could not materialise because the youths that were supposed to have carried out the exercise refused to do so.
Kamba, who confirmed the incident, said the youths whom he knew approached him and briefed him about the plans.
When asked if he was scared following the beating up of PF officials on Saturday, Kamba said he was not moved.
"I am not moved because I support the President and I am ready to die for him. Those want to come out like they are the only ones who are supporting the President when in fact not. They want to paint some of us who are not on their side like we are not in support of the President," he said.
Kamba said even President Sata knew that most youths and members in the party were supporting him beyond 2016.
"So it is clear that these people that want to fight their colleagues are not fighting those who are not making endorsements but they are fighting the top leadership. They don't have respect for anyone, the chairperson, the secretary general and the vice-president and they just want to continue beating everyone," said Kamba.
Meanwhile, during a brief stopover for lunch at Mpangwe Motel, President Sata took time to meet and greet children who stay in the surrounding compounds before proceeding for lunch.
The children who became overwhelmed then mobilised themselves and started singing solidarity songs for the President just outside the dining hall.
President Sata then invited the children over to the dining hall and ordered the waitresses to give them food.
As the waitresses were still taking their time to serve the food, President Sata threatened to take it upon himself and start serving the children.
"Imwe bapeleni ifyakulya abaiche aba, nalabula imbale njambe uku bapela Can you give these children food or else I will get the plates myself and start serving them
," said President Sata as the children continued singing songs of solidarity.
The waitresses, however, moved swiftly and served the children.
And in an interview on Saturday, Vice-President Scott said the violence that was experienced on Saturday was not tolerable and hoped that suitable punishment would be meted out on the culprits. "That's not tolerable and I hope they get dealt with through suitable punishment. You can't do that. It is just foolishness, what is happening at the moment," he said. Vice-President Scott said there was need to have discipline in the party. "There is going to have to be discipline. So I expect somebody to instil it; if not, I will instil it. But I mean, there is nothing very worrying at the moment," he said. Vice-President Scott said the endorsement of President Michael Sata as a sole candidate for the PF for the 2016 general elections was not interesting. "The endorsement issue is neither here nor there; it is not interesting. If people want to carry on, let them carry on. Why should President Sata be interested? There is nothing to talk about. That's why he sent them away," said Vice-President Scott in reference to cadres who marched to State House with a view to being addressed bythe President. Chain-wielding and stone-throwing thugs on Saturday destroyed windowpanes at Lusaka's Northmead High School and severely beat up fellow members who were holding a meeting to discuss the endorsement of President
Sata for the 2016 elections, accusing them of being against defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba. Six constituency officials from were among those beaten and rushed to the University Teaching Hospital for treatment. Among those attacked include PF Mpulungu ward 23 councillor Christopher Shakafuswa, Norman Nyendwa for Ng'ombe ward, who was admitted to Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital, Given Lwinchi of Chainda ward and Chikutani Nkhoma of Northmead ward. The thugs, believed to be from Intercity Bus Terminus and Town Centre, arrived at the school around midday as 'fellow' members were about to hold a press briefing to discuss the issue of endorsements and immediately started beating people and breaking windowpanes. Chairs, stones and chains were used in the attack, leaving a trail of destruction and injuries. The thugs walked from Intercity Bus Terminus through Bwinjimfumu Road to Great East Road, chanting anti-Post newspaper slogans. After harassing and beating up their colleagues at Northmead High School, the cadres marched to State House, demanding to meet President Sata, but they were sent away by alert police officers because they did not have an appointment. On defence minister Geoffrey Mwamba's reference to other party members as riffraffs, Vice-President Scott responded: "He is entitled to use long words that he does not necessarily know the meaning of. If he wants to call people riffraffs, he can call them that. I don't want to call him anything because I am not standing against him. We have no election coming up. I don't understand what the issue is."