Nalolo violence condemned


One person has been arrested in connection with the attack of Vice President Inonge Wina’s residence in Nalolo and will be charged with malicious damage.

Western province police commissioner Charles Lungu said everything had been normalised and it was unfortunate that the incident occurred but the police would do everything possible to avoid such criminal acts in the province.

“We have arrested one person in connection to the crime who will be charged with malicious damage, it is very unfortunate that this occurred but as the police we will ensure that violence does not occur in this province.

The commissioner also said there was disorder at the house when they arrived but managed to normalise the situation and none of the relatives to the Vice President left as earlier reported.

Meanwhile Authentic Advocates for Justice and Democracy AAJD chief executive officer Longe Mulenga said the country had no room for violence and the law should visit any criminal despite their political affiliation and for this reason all political parties should refrain from all violence.

‘’We have a law that should ensure all criminals are brought to book and dealt with accordingly. We as AAJD are strongly condemning the attack on the Vice President’s house and relatives at the weekend. We believe Zambia should not entertain any crime especially against our leaders,’’ he said.

Mr Mulenga said his organisation would work hard to ensure all forms of violence in the country was eliminated and it would soon introduce the anti-violence ribbon drive to campaign against all political parties tolerating violence.

‘’ The country must ensure that all political violence is completely stopped; it is for this reason my organisation will soon introduce the anti-violence  ribbon campaign which we will use to ensure all political parties go about their business without interference,’’ he said.

He said the mature way for any person who found fault with any political party was to express it using the ballot box in next year’s election. He said people should by all means avoid denying others the right to democracy.

Mr Mulenga said Zambia had so far been a home of peace and people should not destroy the good name that the country had continued to build.

‘’ If any person has anything against the ruling party or any other political party, I think the most mature way would be to express it using the ballot box in next year’s election. We do not need any political violence in this country; everyone should be allowed to enjoy democracy that we have in this country.

‘‘The violence the Vice President encountered should be the last we should hear of,’’ he said.

He challenged the police and all relevant authorities to take up their role and ensure peace was kept among political parties if democracy was to prevail. He explained that it was such behaviour that led to the country being turned into a one- party state during Kenneth Kaunda’s era.