Lungu warns violence perpetrators

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu has said that Zambians should not maim and injure each other on account of belonging to different political parties because Zambia was a democracy.

Mr Lungu has strongly condemned the violence that occurred in Shiwang’andu where a UPND campaign team comprising Mutale Nalumango, Maureen Mwanawasa, Felix Mutati and Patrick Mucheleka were attacked by suspected PF cadres wielding pangas and sticks.

Speaking in Mpika when he met chiefs at Icengelo Guest House, Mr Lungu called for peaceful campaigns and peaceful presidential election later this month.

“Zambia is a multiparty democracy and we have various candidates with various views. The choice our people make should always be respected.  And that choice or support from our people should not be coerced or forced,” Mr Lungu said.

He said the PF was going to investigate the Shiwang’andu violence, warning that any cadre who will be found to have been involved in the violence would be dealt with because as President Michael Sata’s successor, he would ensure that his (Sata) values of abhorring violence were protected.

“We will investigate the Shiwangandu violence. Any cadres or official involved will be dealt with”.

“President Sata came from Mpika where we are and he promoted peace. Even when elections were robbed or stolen from him, he refused to shed blood or maim or cause any injury. I will follow the peaceful footsteps of President Sata”

Mr Lungu said violence was unacceptable in a democratic country and that there was need to be tolerance and respect for divergent views.

He said citizens should not be coerced in choosing their leaders in modern and civilised democracies.

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One Response to “Lungu warns violence perpetrators”

  1. NELSON says:

    Why are we going back to an error of stone age where people can’t stand each other because they belonged to different political parties or belief . Yet they belong to one Zambia one Nation belief.We only have one Zambia which belongs to all of us regardless of our beliefs and affiliation, at the end we remain the same people.
    This should teach us to remain stronger and together than ever before.The politicians come and go yet the lesson is the same . They only use a poor man to get them to the top no sooner than they get to the top than they let of go the poor man for them to continue to enjoy the riches for themselves. This should be wake up call for the poor man and the youths who are used as tools to support a cause which is not theirs nor in their best interest, but for selfish individuals who have no regards for others but their own stomach to continue being full while the majority remain hungry, while they continue having left overs to throw away every and each day .
    Concern citizen.


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