VIOLENCE can lead to disruption of peace, harmony and displacement of household, Pillars of Peace Zambia chairperson Lombe Chibesakunda has said.
Justice Chibesakunda who is former acting Chief Justice has since condemned the murders and xenophobia attacks which had been taking place in Lusaka since March, 2016 and in the previous few days respectively.
She said the looting of shops and other property owned by foreign nationals by some residents from affected communities was uncalled for.
Justice Chibesakunda explained that Zambia had been a haven of peace where foreigners and citizens have enjoyed peaceful co-existence.
She said some of the people that had been hosted in the country have fled from their countries ostensibly due to political upheavals and intolerance in their communities and countries arising from tribal and ethic differences.
Justice Chibesakunda, however, noted that the current upsurge in criminality and uprising against foreigners had the potential to disrupt the country’s earned international reputation as a peaceful country and destination of choice.
And Justice Chibesakunda has appealed for calm and restraint among the affected communities and individuals in order to allow the Zambia police and other security wings to conclude their investigations because they had the capacity to deal with the matters professionally and expeditiously.
She also urged the law enforcement agencies to bring about observation of law and order by dealing expeditiously with the current events that have manifested in the country and allow timely information flow to the public.