First Republican President, Kenneth Kaunda, has advised leaders of all political parties to do whatever it takes to put an end to the recent violence between party cadres.
He said he was shock about the ongoing violence in Zambia.
“It is a terrifying thing,” said Dr. Kaunda. “It’s shocking, and it’s a very new thing. I condemn it. It’s not Zambian at all. And I hope and pray that our leaders can stop this,” Dr Kaunda said.
He said violence was not something he had witnessed in a long time, and expressed concern over how it would affect the status of the country, which has been defined by its peaceful nature so far.
Dr Kaunda also condemned the nonpolitical violence that has occurred recently – including the George Compound killings – and reaffirmed his belief in the teachings of humanitarians such as Mahatma Gandhi. He called upon Zambians to remember its Christian principles, saying: “Do unto others as you would have them to unto you. We have to stand for peace. We have to stand for Christ Jesus. He is our saviour. Let us follow Him.”
This comes a week after Dr. Kaunda lent his support to Pillars of Peace Zambia, an organization is dedicated to promoting messages of unity and friendship in the country.
On Tuesday, politicians from various parties will meet with Catholic bishops to come up with a solution to the lawlessness that threatens the population.