THE Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) is today expected to launch the white card campaign aimed at ending political violence as a means of supplementing efforts of the church and other civil society organisations to end the scourge.
Vice president Charles Kafumbo told the Daily Nation yesterday that as a peace-loving party that based its debates on issues as opposed to insults and name-calling, the ZDDM had decided to launch the campaign to show an example to the other political parties.
Mr. Kafumbo said political violence had continued to show its ugly face because political players were not doing enough to stop it but instead tolerated their cadres who perpetrated it.
He said for Zambia to have free and fair elections which reflected the will of the people, there was need for political party leaders to practice what they were preaching by taking practical steps to end violence.
He said there was need for politicians to take a leading role in ending political violence because they were the ones who knew trouble-makers in their political parties who needed to be tamed.
He added that not all cadres were violent, but just a few of them who were inciting others to engage in fights.
“Because we believe in peace as a party, we will be launching the white card campaign on Monday (today) as part of the efforts other stakeholders have put in place to ensure that we have violence-free elections. We believe this is an important venture if we are to uphold democratic tenets befitting the image we have as a country to the outside world.
“The church has taken up the initiative but it should not be left to them alone because we are the ones with the cadres who are causing problems. This is why as political parties, we need to ensure that we take a leading role in ending violence because we know our people who are creating anarchy,” Mr. Kafumbo said.
He said Zambia had a matured democracy which was envied by other countries and urged all political players to strive to uphold the country’s status by promoting peace ahead of the elections on 11th August.
He said ZDDM would not support any political party or individual agitating violence because it was a peaceful party, adding that its white card campaign would be spread to the rest of the country to supplement efforts by other groups in calling for an end to political violence