SECURITY wings probing the suspected ritual killings should establish the real cause and act in a proactive and professional manner to arrest the situation, Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Nkole Chishimba has said.
And the congress has expressed sincere regret over the victims of ritual murders. Speaking on Labour Day, Mr Chishimba said the situation had seriously dented the image of the country before the international community.
“I would like to use this platform to condemn the recent violent attacks on foreign nationals in some densely populated areas of Lusaka and the subsequent looting of their shops,” he said.
Mr Chishimba said whatever the reasons, the attacks were a violation of human rights and deserve to be condemned in the strongest terms.
He said it was more disheartening that the attacks on foreigners took place in localities where there were no reports of ritual murders which were the root cause of the attacks.
Mr Chishimba however said the congress was confident that police would act in a proactive and professional manner to arrest the situation.
“We don’t want to see a perpetration of these barbaric acts in future,” he said.
Mr Chishimba said he expected the security wings probing the attacks to establish the real cause of the riots because Zambia had always been known to be a haven of peace and most people running away from persecution in their countries had fled to Zambia seeking refuge.
And Mr Chishimba said another area of grave concern for the congress was the level of political violence which was seriously threatening Zambia’s democracy as a country.
“Millions of registered voters in this country will be going to the polls to elect new councilors, members of Parliament and a republican President. However, we are worried by escalating incidents of inter-party violence and intolerance which have continued to characterize political campaigns,” he said.
Mr Chishimba said violence should not be tolerated and perpetrators of violence should be brought to book.
He said despite warnings from political party leaders to their cadres to desist from engaging in political violence, the trend had continued to escalate, usually leaving innocent people injured or killed.
“Zambians are a peaceful community and we are appealing to law enforcement agents to seriously deal with this situation if the country is to have violent-free elections,” Mr Chishimba said.