Stamp out political violence, police told


POLITICIANS should guard against any form of political violence that has the potential to engulf the country ahead of next year’s general elections, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia executive director Pukuta Mwanza has said.

And Reverend  Pukuta has challenged the Zambia Police high command to ensure that peace and stability continued to prevail by arresting and prosecuting political players breaking the law.

In an interview yesterday, Rev. Mwanza said the political situation in Zambia was no longer conducive and if not properly handled it could lead to serious political clashes ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections.

“There is too much unreasonableness among our politicians where shedding of blood has no proper meaning to them; they think by shedding blood they can ascend to power or hold on to power. This should come to a stop now because it is not doing any good to this lovely country,” said Rev. Mwanza.

He said recent events on the Copperbelt were a source of concern and should be treated with the urgency they deserved, adding that politicians should not take advantage of leadership positions they held and cause anarchy in the country.

“All political players should realise that they will only conduct their political activities when the atmosphere is supportive of such activities and we are talking about living in a peaceful manner.  ‘‘What happened on the Copperbelt where PF and UPND cadres clashed is unZambian and should not be tolerated. It should be stopped forthwith and it is up to our leadership in all political parties to ensure that they discipline their cadres,” he said.

And Rev. Mwanza has challenged police to be proactive and ensure that peace was not compromised.

He said police have a duty to protect and ensure that people were safe.

“It is the duty of the police to advise whether politicians can go ahead with political meetings or not depending on the atmosphere surrounding a particular area where such meetings are intended to be held,” said Rev. Mwanza.

Several PF and UPND cadres were injured during a clash in Kiwe on Tuesday when opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema visited the province on his continued tour of the country in an effort to mobilise the party ahead of 2016 general elections.