PARTY cadres should heed the advice that they should stop their mischievous behaviour or they will have to face the law without the intervention of their leaders.
This is as it should be if the country is to witness some civility in the conduct of party cadres who are taking the law into their hands to sort out political opponents.
The cadres should understand that Zambia is a democracy which allows for divergent views.
This means political parties should survive on good political engineering instead of physical confrontation.
There are many public gathering that the party cadres can organise to show their understanding of their party ideologies and many intellectuals and citizens alike would appreciate such undertakings to learn the direction which political parties would want to take the country.
In the past few months or so, this has not been the case as political campaigns have been characterised by violence.
We have seen political party cadres, especially from the Patriotic Front and the United Party for National Development, taking on each other with all sorts of objects.
We are happy that various leaders have come out to condemn this violent behaviour of cadres which work against the democratic dispensation of the country.
Only yesterday, Patriotic Front Secretary General Davis Chama said the ruling party would not side with any of its members who will be found to be engaging in violent conduct.
He said the ruling party will allow the law enforcement agencies to exercise their power over violent cadres.
We hope this message has been understood by cadres who sometimes mistake being in power as a vehicle to act in a lawless manner.
This message should also sit well with law enforcement agencies who are sometimes seen as favouring the ruling party cadres when it comes to curbing lawlessness.
The Police should treat all political party cadres in a fair and just manner so that they can win the confidence of all political players.
The law enforcement agencies’ fair treatment of political players can go a long way in winning public confidence of the citizens who are sometimes victims of political party clashes.
Since there are only 18 months before Zambia holds scheduled President and general election, our advice to political parties is for them to introduce political education for their cadres to learn what political party affiliation means in a democratic dispensation such as Zambia.
Our view is that it is dangerous to have a political cadre whose advantage is based on physical prowess while the ideology of the party remains unexplained.
Violent cadres must certainly be arrested and caged when found wanting.