Use ICT to capture instigators of violence, says NGO

THE country must invest in information and communication technology (ICT) , such as CCTV to capture overzealous political cadres who want to put the law in their hands so that they do not disturb the August 11 general elections, Action for Governance Forum executive director Justin Mushoke has charged.

Mr Mushoke said it was time the country acted decisively against violent political party cadres by mounting technical devices to capture perpetrators of political violence so that Zambians would know the party that was involved in the scourge.

He said the use of ICT during political party campaigns ahead of the elections would greatly help to identify perpetrators of violence so that they were brought to book.

“We cannot afford to continue recording this kind of violence in the country because of small groups of people who want to put the law into their own hands with impunity,’’ he said.

Mr Mushoke said such type of violence could make the people of Zambia end up putting wrong people in the governance system who had no idea on how to run the country.

He said should the current spate of violence continue it would be justifiable for the Electoral Commission of Zambia to cancel the elections because some political parties wanted to use force as the way of winning an election.

“Some of the people vying for public office need to be checked because we might end up having people who cannot be able to articulate issues of national interest and these are the people we see wanting to engage in violence because they do not understand  what is behind running national affairs,” he said.

Mr Mushoke said there was need for serious measures to curb violence, saying the current situation signaled that there were people who did not mean well for the country’s peace and cherished violence as means to power.

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