NGOCC condemns UPND, FDD female spate

IT is disheartening that even female politicians have also been caught up in the spate of political violence, says Non-Governmental Coordinating Council (NGOCC) chairperson Sarah Longwe.

Ms Longwe said in an interview yesterday that it was even more disheartening to learn that women politicians were involved in political violence.

She urged the women folk to embrace sisterhood in spite of their political affiliations, stating that the women had similar goals and expressed worry that children would also tend to exhibit characteristics of being violent as they were quick to learn through their actions.

Mrs Longwe was commenting on former Namwala Member of Parliament (MP) Moono Lubezhi who was recently arrested for allegedly attacking her FDD aspiring candidate Charity Kabongomana.

“It is even more disheartening that it was women involved in political violence when they were supposed to be practising sisterhood. Our worry is that children tend to exhibit characteristics of being violent as they learn through actions from such scenarios.

“NGOCC is on record of condemning all forms of violence irrespective of political parties involved or gender more especially in this case involving women who should be practising sisterhood,” she said.

Mrs Longwe said it did not imply that the organisation’s perceived silence on the political violence that had involved women contenders for the Namwala parliamentary seat UPND was condoned.

“The perceived silence on the Namwala incident does not in any way mean that we condone such actions, it is actually more disheartening that it involved women,” she said.

On Friday, FDD president Edith Nawakwi accused the women movement in the country of remaining mute by not condemning the violent acts allegedly perpetuated by UPND against Mrs Kabongomana

Ms Nawakwi said while Mrs Kabangamono was nursing her wounds in hospital, the alleged assailant was free and conducting her campaigns in Namwala after allegedly attempting to kill her opponent.