GOVERNMENT has cautioned political parties against ferrying cadres from other parts of the country to the constituencies where polls will be conducted to reduce incidents of political violence.
Acting Chief Government spokesperson Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula said that Government had received disturbing information that some political parties were intending to ferry cadres to the constituencies in which by-elections would be taking place.
He said the practice should be stopped because people who were ferried from various parts of the country were the ones agitating for violence, even when the locals remained peaceful. Dr. Simbyakula, who is Justice Minister, said it was against that background that political parties should justify the transportation of cadres to such areas.
“Government wishes to advise political parties taking part in the three parliamentary by-elections in Mulobezi, Malambo and Petauke Central constituencies against ferrying party cadres from other parts of the country into the three constituencies.
He said that the culture of violence was unacceptable to Zambia and that the political players needed to work hard to maintain peace at all costs, adding that it was unfair to get people from other parts of the country to go and disrupt the peace the locals were enjoying. He called on Zambians to desist from the culture of violence because Zambia with a mature democracy. He warned that Government would not take it kindly on those who had the tendency of breaking the law and that the law would visit whoever would be involved regardless of whom they were. “As a country, Zambia is known for its peace and tranquillity which we have enjoyed for the past 50 years. It is the desire of the Patriotic Front Government as well as every well-meaning Zambian that this status quo continues.
“As Zambians, our collective fight must be against poverty, disease and general underdevelopment and not against each other. Zambians should, therefore, reject anyone denting the country’s impeccable credentials of peace, unity and love.,” he said