August poll not matter of do or die – AVAP

THE August 11 elections are not a matter of life and death and politicians should desist from making statements that suggest violence may erupt before, during or after the election, Anti-Voter Apathy (AVAP) Copperbelt coordinator Poster Jumbe has said.

Mr Jumbe said it was disappointing that some opposition leaders were always quoted in some sections of the media prophesying doom ahead of the August 11 elections, instead of preaching peace regardless of the outcome of the elections.

Mr Jumbe said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that media statements attributed to UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema that Zambians should ‘‘pray hard ahead of the Armageddon on August 11’’ were disappointing.

“As AVAP on the Copperbelt, we have been very disappointed that some opposition leaders have been issuing reckless statements in the media which suggest that bad things will happen before, during and after the August 11 elections. These elections are not a matter of life and death.

“I am saddened that some political party leaders like Mr Hichilema could make such a statement. It is so disappointing that Mr Hichilema, who was among other politicians that prayed for peace in the country and denounced violence during the church-organised inter-party indaba, could be uttering such kind of statements,” Mr Jumbe said.

He urged Zambians not to be shaken by alarming statements coming from various sections of society, but to continue praying for peace before, during and after the August 11 elections.

Mr Jumbe said it was important that Zambians prayed for peace to continue in the country for the sake of development.

“For the country to have economic development peace is vital and so it is important that we pray to God to help us maintain peace. We may have economic challenges, but that should not lead us to talk ill of each other and issue statements that will suggest bad things to happen.

“Even the same economic challenges we are going through can only be solved when the country is peaceful. Investors can only invest in a country where there is peace. Let us point out problems and challenges we face but let us not be divisive and incite violence,” he said.

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