By Nation Reporter
THE current political mood in the country is disturbing due to the political violence perpetrated by political players, says veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga.
Dr Mwaanga said there was no justification for political parties to fight; hence campaigns should be issued-based because voters wanted to hear how the unemployment issue was going to be addressed as well as many other challenges.
‘‘We are hearing very little from the political parties campaigning about what they are going to do once re-elected or elected and this is what we want to hear from political parties; instead of pointing fingers at each other,’’ he said.
He said political parties should speak about how they were going to deal with issues affecting the people, such as improving health services, access to clean drinking water, provision of decent shelter and education services, among others.
He charged that the country was facing serious economic challenges because economic growth had gone down leading to high unemployment levels.
Dr Mwaanga hoped that the party leaders will take responsibility over the violence being perpetrated by their followers so that the country could have peaceful election. He said elections were not about war but a contest of ideas and political parties should desist from hate speech.
‘‘Violence should never be tolerated no matter who is involved; Zambia has been known for conducting elections which have always fulfilled the international standards at both SADC and the African Union level,’’ he said.