Zambia will hold credible polls – German envoy

By Nation Reporter

ZAMBIA should repeat its tradition and renowned practice of conducting transparent and credible elections, German Ambassador to Zambia Bernd Finke has said.

Speaking in an interview in Lusaka at the weekend, Mr. Finke said the Germany government was expecting Zambia to hold peaceful, free and credible elections on August 11.

“I can attest to the fact that Zambia has in the past held transparent elections and even this time around, we are confident that there will be transparency and peace.

“The people of Germany have always considered Zambia to be a haven of peace and love; so we expect Zambians to be peaceful during this election period,” Mr. Finke said.

He, however, expressed concern at the current escalating politically motivated violence, urging party leaders not to relent denouncing political violence.

Mr. Finke appealed to political parties to be committed to the resolutions of the peace Indaba organised by the Church two months ago.

He advised that the resolutions of the Indaba should be implemented to allow a level-playing field for both the ruling and opposition parties.

“It is very important that political party leaders urge their followers to desist from violence. As leaders they have a huge role to play because it is very easy for followers to obey if a command is given by a leader,” he said.