THE motto “One Zambia, One Nation” must be prioritised by ensuring that no Zambian is identified by tribe, United National Independence Party (UNIP) secretary general Alfred Banda has charged.
Mr Banda said UNIP was participating in the August election to restore peace and unity the country.
He said unity and peace was cardinal to Zambia, adding that it was for that reason the “One Zambia, One Nation” motto was deliberated to unite the nation.
“The 27 years that UNIP had been in power, they made peace and unity a priority and people were encouraged to work across the region to meet other people and know their way of life,” Mr Banda said.
He said it was unfortunate that some political players were driving a crusade of hatred against each other.
Mr Banda said Zambia should be identified by peace and unity, and not by tribe or any other means of vengeance.
He said political players should refrain from politics of vengeance and focus on issues that could develop the country.
Mr Banda said it was worrisome that a day never passed without any reports of violence.
He said Zambia was a Christian nation and therefore, its people must live in peace and unity.
“As UNIP, we are dismayed by reports of political violence among brothers and sisters and these are the things we want to bring to an end as UNIP so that we restore Zambia to a peaceful and loving nation,” he said.
Mr Banda said UNIP had filed in candidates in almost all the constituencies across the country and were targeting both women and youths.
He said the party was doing fine and was confident to scoop most of the positions, including that of the presidency because it believed ideology and not violence.
Mr Banda feared that violence and political hate speech was bound to divide the nation if it remained not checked.
He appealed to the police not to relent in restoring order and protect citizens equally for the sake of stability and peace.