It is unfortunate that opposition political parties such as the United Party for National Development (UPND) are trivialising the looting of foreigners’ shops by alleging that the riots were sparked by hunger, the Evangelical Youth Alliance (EYA) executive director Moses Lungu has said.
Rev. Lungu said the opposition political parties needed to be careful with the statements they were making because they had the potential to spark fresh attacks on the foreigners’ shops.
He urged political leaders to comment on the recent looting of shops with soberness and level-headedness because it was a critical issue that put the image of the country at stake. Rev. Lungu said there was need for deep introspection among political players when commenting on the matter by offering solutions.
He said as a Christian nation, Zambia needed a crop of politicians engaged in constructive debates by taking caution when commenting on matters of national security.
“Trivialising these attacks for cheap political mileage could lead to a disaster that we cannot cope with. It is wrong for UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to make insinuations that Zambians are looting foreigners’ shops because they were hungry.
‘‘This is not a joking matter but a serious one which needs all of us to work together. This is not the way we should be looking at national issues.
“How can someone allege that Zambians were hungry under the PF and that is why they are resorting to criminal acts? What truth is there? What is the basis of such a wild allegation? This is a serious matter which needs all of us to sit down and find solutions. It is not time for finger-pointing,” Rev. Lungu said. He appealed to Zambians to uphold the Christian nation declaration by living according to the teachings of the Bible.
Rev. Lungu said there was need for Zambians to exercise brotherly love even in the midst of adversity because they were a God-fearing people who should uphold tolerance and realisation that mankind was created in the image of God.
He implored the police and other security wings to continue maintaining peace and order across the country until the situation was brought under control.