Political violence in Zambia had the potential to scare away potential investors, opposition United People’s Party (UPP) leader Saviour Chishimba has warned.
Dr Chishimba said at a press briefing in Lusaka that there was no political violence in Zambia because what was currently prevailing was electoral violence.
He explained that there was a huge difference between political violence and electoral violence.
Dr Chishimba said political violence was likened to genocide which arose between two opposing groups unlike the current situation where there were nine candidates who were opposing each other in an elections contest.
He said that the reason why there was so much electoral violence ahead of August 11 general elections was because both the UPND and PF had trained youths whom they had equipped with offensive weapons.
“It is unacceptable that the culture of violence should continue being perpetrated by the PF and UPND,” he said.
Dr Chishimba also opposed the decision by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to suspend campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala district for ten days on account of violence.
He said the ECZ should have disqualified both the PF and the UPND from participating in this year’s general elections because they were the ones behind electoral violence.
Dr Chishimba said his political party was affected by the ban of campaigns in Namwala and Lusaka districts despite not having been involved in electoral violence.
He also complained that both PF and UPND cadres had been removing all the campaign posters wherever they had gone for campaigns and had since lodged an official compliant to the Electoral Commission of Zambia’s National Conflict Management Committee.