POLITICAL players should be tolerant with each other for them to competently address issues of national importance, says Forum for Development and Democracy (FDD) Copperbelt chairperson, Yotam Mtayachalo.
Mr Mtayachalo said Zambia was still experiencing political intolerance which he said risked putting the country’s development in jeopardy.
He said it was embarrassing that despite the preaching of peace and unity among the people of Zambia, political players were in the forefront tearing away democratic principles by not being tolerant with one another.
“Peace and unity has to start with leaders and it is sad that Zambia is still experiencing politics of intolerance, which is a drawback. And politicians are trying to destroy this nation because of not wanting to listen to divergent views,” he said.
Mr Mtayachalo said Zambian politics would be unproductive should political leaders continue wasting their time on trying to tarnish each other’s image.
He said Zambian leaders should resolve democratic issues by embracing politics of tolerance if Zambia was to realize and restore the fruits of democracy that she had enjoyed all along.
Mr Mtayachalo said the growing trend by political leaders differing would only reduce their effectiveness in politics as such behaviour would just prove their weakness.
He said political character assassination had greatly affected Zambia, adding that the nation was old to have politicians who should not resort to the use of quarrelling as a mechanism to champion their political ambitions.
He said opposition parties must have one common goal to offer checks and balances to the sitting Government to ensure it delivered accordingly.
Mr Mtayachalo said despite political affiliations, the varnishing point must always be reached for the good of the people when it came to matters of national interest.