THE Zambia Centre for Inter-Party Dialogue (ZCID) has called for a summit for all political party presidents to discuss ways of ending political violence as the country prepares for the August 11 general elections.
ZCID executive director Horrace Chilando said political party presidents had already been contacted for the summit to be held on March 29.
Speaking during a press briefing yesterday, Mr Chilando said ZCID had been tasked to co-host the meeting called to discuss means of ending political violence. He said the solutions to end political violence come from political parties themselves.
And summit coordinator Dr Charity Musamba attributed the escalating political violence to low levels of political literacy.
Dr Musamba observed that most politicians were not educated thereby contributing to escalating political violence.
He said the summit would address building capacities among politicians with a view of ending violence.
And ZCID chairperson Walusiku Lyambela, who is UPND secretary general, disclosed that ZCID would also hold a national summit on democracy and development.
Captain Lyambela said the summit would facilitate inter-sectoral dialogue on politics and development in Zambia.
“In August 2015, the (ZCID) board of trustees recognized the urgent need to foster national dialogue in the country and recognizing culture of intolerance particularly on the political front and the need to seek a collective national agenda for political, economic and social development, unanimously resolved to create a national platform for dialogue to be called the national democracy stakeholders summit,” she said.
Cap Lyambela said the responsibility of building Zambia on solid democratic tenets fell on all Zambians and must not be seen as the sole concern of those in leadership positions alone.
“It is therefore healthy for the socio-political space to be expanded for multi-citizenry participation so as to enrich the governing process and elicit the necessary frameworks that facilitate and propel the enabling environments for growth and development,” Captain Lyambela said.
Last week, President Edgar Lungu called for political leaders to dialogue over escalating incidents of political violence.