Politicking time is over-DEGHA


TIME for politicking is over, says Democratic Governance and Human Rights Advocates (DEGHA) president Gerald Mutelo.

Mr Mutelo said now was the time for hard work and that the opposition political parties should accept defeat and work with the new government to fulfil the visions and aspirations of  Zambians.

He said his organisation saluted Peter Sinkamba of the Green party and Miles Sampa  of the  United Democratic Front (UDF)  for  accepting  defeat because  that was  how democracy worked.

Mr Mutelo said the decision of the voters must be respected and no one should be victimised for voting  for somebody or for belonging to a particular region or  being part of a  different political party.

“We can’t all have same political  beliefs  because that  will not be democracy; therefore political  parties should accept the  final results  of the elections and reflect on  how they performed by engaging the voters so that they can  understand why the electorate  did not vote for them,” said Mr Mutelo

He said the country needed to promote  the One Zambia One Nation spirit  because democracy was  about differing in opinions through discussions and elections, not  violence.

He said there was too much violence recorded in the last general elections and there was therefore need for all political  parties  to address the  issue instead of pointing fingers at each other  while all of the them  had at one point engaged themselves in violent activities.

Mr Mutelo said President Edgar Lungu who was the father of the nation was expected to unite Zambia by promoting peace, unity and oneness.

“We salute the President for appointing  former president Rupiah Banda to represent him at the ‘kusefya pa ng’wena’ traditional ceremony held in Kasama  because we need to respect  our former presidents  by giving them opportunities to represent  the  country both at home and abroad,” said Mr Mutelo.