THE Patriotic Front (PF) youths on the Copperbelt will remain calm even under extreme provocation from other parties because the party believes in peace and tolerance of divergent views, PF Provincial youth chairperson Nathan Chanda has said.
Mr. Chanda said there was need for the youths in the province to maintain the good image of the party by desisting from acts of violence in retaliation each time they were provoked because violence was not part of the PF and therefore did not reflect what it stood for.
He said in as much as other parties were fanning violence in order to intimidate and instil fear in other political parties areas where they were considered strong, the PF youths on the Copperbelt would ensure that peace reigned because it believed in divergent views and opinion and was not a violent party.
Mr Chanda said President Edgar Lungu had made it clear that he did not want any bloodshed in this election and that the PF had taken that message seriously by refraining from acts that would lead to violence across the country.
He said while other parties believed in creating and promoting acrimony in the country, the PF believed that Zambians had only one country whose peace they needed to safe-guard at all costs because other than belonging to different political parties, all members that hold divergent views from that of the PF were Zambians who needed to live in harmony.
Mr Chanda said recent violent incidents in the Southern Province by UPND should not be emulated by well-meaning Zambians because they were divisive and could drive the country to a brink of a civil war if tolerated.
“I am urging all my youths to show willingness to allow divergent opinions. In short, let’s be tolerant to one another and let us love each other and co-exist because we are one Zambia one nation,” Mr. Chanda said.
He expressed shock that the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Zambia), the church, and civil society organisations had remained mute over UPND’s barbaric behaviour yet they were the same people who condemned government on numerous issues.
“As youths, we want to commend the police service for serving lives of innocent people who were abducted by UPND thugs. This is good work. I am calling upon MISA and other media bodies and the Church who are fond of calling PF all sorts of names to come out and condemn this un-Zambian behaviour,” Mr Chanda said.