THE marijuana campaign is receiving overwhelming support from electorates who understand its economic value once it is legalised and the onus to end violence depends on all political party leaders, says Green Party (GP) president Peter Sinkamba.
Mr Sinkamba in an interview yesterday said that the party opted to use door to door campaigns and the “legalise marijuana” campaign which he said had received huge support among electorates such as small scale farmers in Eastern, Muchinga, Western, Northern and Southern Provinces who knew its economic value once legalised.
He said that the duty of ending acts of violence depended on all political leaders and that the Green party was committed to nonviolent campaigns and affirmed its intention to sign the peace treaty once the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) circulated the Addendum to all the Presidential candidates stating that the previous agreement called by the church was abrogated.
“The Green Party is fully committed to nonviolent campaigns. Our door to door campaigns are going on very well; we are working cordially with electoral officers and the police. The onus to end acts of violence largely depends on all political leaders.
The marijuana campaign is receiving overwhelming support from electorates especially from farming blocks who understand its economic value once legalised, “he said.
Mr Sinkamba said that the party faced financial challenges of mobilising its 24,000 polling agents who would ensure that their votes were monitored.
He said that the police should not cancel political rallies within few hours’ notice whenever faced with challenges but they should inform party stakeholders in ample time to avoid unnecessary squabbles.
Mr Sinkamba has urged the ECZ to act decisively whenever there were spates of violence citing the Namwala incident involving UPND aspiring candidate Moono Lubezhi and FDD candidate Charity Kabongomana saying that the electoral body took over a month to take action.
He said that Paramount Chief Chitimukulu’s call for political parties to desist from engaging youths in violence was timely as youths were vulnerable to being used as tools of violence by selfish politicians owing to unemployment and poverty to an extent of them killing as long as they were given money.