PRESIDENTIAL Empowerment Initiative (PEI) patron Chanda Kabwe has appealed to opposition UPND to condemn political violence which is not sparing the poor in society.
Mr. Kabwe charged that political violence had negatively affected the businesses of those in the informal sector which included marketeers and public service drivers among others.
Speaking in Ndola at the weekend, Mr Kabwe said the scourge was instilling fear in the informal sector including children, women and the physically challenged.
He said the informal economy was proving to be big business and a huge employer in Zambia and Africa at large.
He said the empowerment programme being spearheaded by Republican President Edgar Lungu was aimed at empowering players in the sector to alleviate poverty and grow the economy.
However Mr. Kabwe said the political violence being witnessed was defeating the whole purpose of the PEI.
He said marketeers and traders could only make ends meet if the business environment was conducive and peaceful.
He said political players should learn to accept divergent views as Zambia was a unitary state and all citizens were entitled to freedom.
Mr Kabwe appealed to UPND leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema to put his house in order and ensure that Southern Province accommodates all political players.