THE political card which is being played over the death of Grazier Matapa of Lusaka’s Mtendere East is not adding value to efforts to bring the killers to account for their evil act.
Those who killed Mr Matapa are criminals whether they are affiliated to any political party in Zambia or not.
There is need for political leaders to identify criminals by their actions if law enforcement agencies have to make head ways in their investigations and subsequently make arrests of culprits.
Calling criminals by their affiliation, especially political party affiliation, will not achieve much as this will only go to defeat the ends of justice.
We believe that political parties are not formed to nurture criminals but to propagate their ideologies in an effort to woo voters so that they are elected into Government.
Therefore, it is unwise for any political party to train its cadres to specialise in violence as the vice does not attract supporters but repels supporters.
It is for this reason that we are urging political leaders to call criminals by their right names so that they do not wear false titles of importance such as belonging to a superior political party.
The murder of Mr Matapa is one such unfortunate incident which should be treated as an act of criminality.
What we should understand is that there has been loss of a life and the Police should move in to arrest the suspects.
Instead of political parties exchanging blows over the death of Mr Matapa, our thinking is for witnesses to assist the police to apprehend the culprit and make them account for their crimes.
It is wrong for the aggrieved to be rushing to political leaders to seek assistance when they have been attacked or their relatives have been attacked by thugs.
It is very important for the public to understand that their first point of call when criminal elements attack should be to the Police and not politicians.
Police and other law enforcement officers are trained to detect crime and when criminals are committing crime, they do not do so because they belong to a political party.
As we have said, a life has been lost and something needs to be done about it.
There is need for thorough investigations into the perpetrators of violence which is being witnessed now despite President Edgar Lungu and other leaders condemning the vice and calling for the arrest of culprits.
The Police should use every available avenue to track down the culprits and bring them to account for their heinous actions.