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.