MARKETS should not be campaign grounds for political parties because they are working places for marketeers and traders to earn a living, says Anti-Voter Apathy (AVAP) Copperbelt coordinator Poster Jumbe.
Mr Jumbe said markets were not ideal places for political campaigns because any confusion brought by politicians could result in disruption of business and consequently deprive marketeers their source of income.
He was reacting to the confusion which happened at Chisokone market in Kitwe on Thursday when marketeers chased UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) together with his cadres as they attempted to hold a rally at the premises. Mr Jumbe, who is also information and publicity secretary for the Copperbelt Cross Border and Integrated Business Association, said the events at Chisokone market were unfortunate, especially that a senior opposition leader was involved.
“As AVAP, we strongly condemn the fracas which happened at Chisokone market on Thursday, especially that GBM who is opposition UPND vice-president, was involved.
“It is very sad to read in the media that he was actually involved in the assaulting of two people. This is why we don’t want politicians to turn markets into grounds for political campaigns,’’ he said.