PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has warned FDD president Edith Nawakwi to desist from foul language and reckless incitement that led to her unruly supporters in Bangweulu constituency seizing an Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) vehicle on suspicion that it was carrying pre-marked ballots.
And President Lungu has regretted that former Kasama Central MP, Mr Geoffrey Mwamba, had resorted to violence in order to intimidate electorates in his former constituency.
The Head of State directed police to pursue all cases of violence and prosecute anyone linked to violence.
He emphasised that a culture of violence was tantamount to retarding progress that the country had so far recorded and sternly warned that all acts of violence would face the wrath of the law.
President Lungu has since congratulated members of the Patriotic Front (PF) party for the resounding victory in the Bangweulu constituency parliamentary by-election in Samfya district of Luapula Province.
The Head of State expressed happiness at the hard work and team spirit that the PF exhibited during campaigns for the ruling party’s candidate Anthony Kasandwe who has scooped the by-election with a land slide victory, amassing more than 9 000 votes against a distant second opponent who got about 1300 votes.
This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.
The Head of State, who congratulated Ms Nawakwi for her robust campaign that resulted in her candidate coming second displacing the opposition UPND into a distant third position, urged Ms Nawakwi to desist from foul language and reckless incitement.
President Lungu also extended his congratulatory message to the opposition MMD for winning a local seat in Mambwe, the UPND for winning a seat in Kasama Central’s Bululu ward and Rainbow Party for scooping a ward in Isoka.
The Head of State appealed for peaceful campaigns in future elections as it would guarantee a free and fair electoral process in which the electorate would participate without fear.
“Zambia is a democracy where competition is premised on fair tactics, free electioneering and not blackmail through the avenue of violence,” he said.
The Head of State called for co-existence among political parties and noted that Zambia’s development economically, politically and socially would only be fostered in an environment of peace and tranquility.
President Lungu paid glowing tribute to the people of Bangweulu for the confidence shown to the ruling party through the victory that they rendered to the PF.