THE Non-Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has condemned violence and the stripping naked of an opposition woman by suspected PF cadres at the Freedom Statue on Saturday, during the commemoration of the International Youth Day.
NGOCC board publicity secretary Rachel Chakalashi said the act by suspected ruling party cadres to undress the girl in public was not only criminal but barbaric and evil only reminiscent of lawless societies.
Ms Chakalashi called on the Zambia Police to immediately arrest the culprits who undressed the young girl in public.
“It is despicable that some youths can conduct themselves in such a barbaric manner.
‘‘As an organization we have been made aware of a video clip that is even circulating on social media, depicting this very sad incident with identifiable ‘criminals’,” she said.
She said the conduct of the PF cadres to undress the woman in public was the ‘‘highest level of indignity ever shown to women in the country.
Nothing justifies such barbaric conduct against a fellow human being’’.
She said Zambia was a democratic country where all citizens were free to belong to any political grouping without any intimidation.
“The behavior of the cadres to undress an opposition member just because she is dressed in her party regalia is unconstitutional and we expect the leadership of the party to act against these cadres,” she said.
Ms Chakalashi said there was need for civility from both the opposition and the ruling party as the country prepared to go to the elections on August 11.
She said NGOCC would not allow any of the political parties to abuse women and insult them in the manner it had happened during the Youth Day celebrations.