Zambians must refuse to be used by power-hungry people determined to cause trouble as the country draws near to the 2016 tripartite elections, Chief Sinadabwe of the Tonga people in Siavonga district has said.
The traditional leader, who said that the nation was going through tough times, pointed out that Zambians required tolerance, patience, perseverance and patriotism to overcome the challenges.
“I would like to urge Zambians to remain peaceful and refuse to be incited by any power-seeking group or individuals to cause violence as the country draws near to the 2016 elections,” Chief Sinadabwe said.
He observed that the country could not afford civil strife as it was going through a critical moment in its history. The chief said such moments required love, unity and peace among Zambians.
“We can’t afford war at this critical moment of our life because that won’t do us any good,” he said.
Chief Sinadabwe said that President Edgar Lungu should be commended for ensuring that the nation remained one amidst the myriad of challenges.
He said the President has proved to be a lover of peace by his commitment to ensure that there was love and unity in the country regardless of political affiliations.
“If anything, the President should be commended for ensuring the nation remains one amidst our myriad of challenges; this is very good and we urge him to keep it up,” he said.
Chief Sinadabwe said the economic challenges facing the country were not peculiar to Zambia, stressing that they were global in nature.
“Yes, there are challenges bordering mainly on economic, political and even social issues. Zambia is not the only country going through these economic challenges, but many other countries are facing this.
“They are challenges that are everywhere across the globe and we will have our own fair share of these in 2015, both as a nation and as a people,” he said.
The traditional leader assured the nation that all the economic challenges would one day fade away.
He said there was a reason why the country was going through such challenges, adding that challenges bring out the best in people and restore the nation’s hope.
“One thing I can assure you is that all these challenges will bring out the best in us and restore our hope as a people, no condition is permanent.’’
Chief Sinadabwe urged Zambians to maintain the peace that the country has continued to enjoy since independence in 1964 by refusing to be used as agents of violence.
“Our plea for peace is beyond us as traditional leaders, as individuals in Government and outside Government, we have a role to play in all of this by ensuring that we promote peace,” he said.