THE ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition UPND in North Western Province have joined hands to fight political violence in the province.
PF provincial chairperson Emmanuel Chihili and his UPND counterpart Colonel Grandson Katambi yesterday shook hands at a meeting which was called by Commissioner of Police for North Western, Lackson Sakala, following the pockets of violence that had been occurring in the province since the declaration of President Edgar Lungu as duly elected republican President.
Mr Sakala said the police in the province decided to bring the two major political parties together for them to appeal to their members to stop violence.
“The reason I called for this meeting was because of the continued political violence which has come as a result of the declaration of the presidential results. Arising from that I thought it wise that I call the two parties so that they talk to their members,” he said.
And Mr Chihili appealed to PF party members to celebrate the PF victory in peace and harmony and not cause violence.
He said the people in the province should concentrate on developing the region and not allow anyone use the province as a tool to divide the nation on account of politics.
He said that Zambia had always enjoyed peace and therefore tribal divisions should not destroy that peace.
‘’Let us co-exist; politics should not come and divide the people of Zambia, and if you look at the history of Zambia we have enjoyed maximum peace. So from my party let’s not fight even as we celebrate our victory,” he said.
He said the province was resourceful and it was high time people concentrated on developing the region.
He also strongly appealed to people that have come to settle in the province not to be looked down upon by the indigenous people of North Western Province.
“Let them respect the views of the people of North Western province. Everyone has their own right of opinion,” he said.
Meanwhile, Col Katambi said Zambia was above all political parties and therefore people should not take the law in their own hands.
He said there was need to continue embracing each other and live as one.
He also called on traditional leaders in the province to come in and offer guidance.
“We are one and that is why our forefathers left us with the motto ‘One Zambia One Nation’,’’ he said.
He condemned political leaders using youths as defence shields.
“These people don’t know what they are fighting for and meanwhile, those of us who are going to benefit from the same fight remain at home. We should desist from that,” he said