VOTERS want to know what plans the contesting political parties have that will ensure that Zambia’s natural resources can truly be for the sustainable development of the country and do not want politics of assassination, says Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) secretary general Cleophas Lungu.
Fr. Lungu said as the country was headed for polls on August 11, Zambians wished to see more issue-based campaigns rather than character assassination and political violence.
The clergyman said the people of Zambia wanted to see sustainable development, saying politicians should not channel their focus on vengeance against each other but should share what they were planning to do for the country if they were given the opportunity to run the affairs of the nation. “This is a moment of grace and truth which, when we are preparing to hold the general elections on August 11, 2016, one would wish to see more issue-based campaigns rather than campaigns that focus on character assassination and political violence.
“In other words, Zambians want to know what plans the contesting political parties have that will ensure that the natural resources Zambia has been blessed with can truly be our future and policies that will ensure that mining shall be done in a more sustainable way,” he said.
He said the Zambian people should benefit from a better Zambia in which the cake of natural resources was equitably shared. All Zambians must feel that they were part of the development process that would ultimately ensure peace and security in the country. The clergyman said political leaders must also comply with the principle of social justice in determining the application, usage and distribution of funds collected from the country’s resources.