CALLS for reconciliation should be embraced by all political stakeholders so that by the time the country holds prayer and fasting on October 18, all sorts of violence would have reduced, the Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has said.
SACCORD executive director Borniface Cheembe said his organisation was certain that violence would come to an end if Zambians committed themselves into prayers and fasting genuinely.
President Edgar Lungu declared October 18, as a day of prayer and fasting, during the opening of the fifth session of the eleventh National Assembly on Friday last week.
Mr Cheembe said political violence had been a concern to SACCORD and that the scourge had been worsening as the country matured in her democracy.
“SACCORD welcomes this pronouncement by the President and we hope that political parties will take practical measures to prevent political violence and we hope that the ruling party will lead by example to put into practice the remarks the President had been preaching about,” Mr Cheemba said
He said he was happy with the President’s directive to the Ministry of Justice to expedite the process of reforming the Public Order Act (POA), which had been a source of trauma, tension and conflict in the country.
Mr Cheemba said as long as the POA was not reformed it would continue to contribute to political violence in the country, adding that it was for this reason that the directive by the President should be embraced dearly.