ZCTU calls for peace, national healing


POLITICIANS and all Zambians should  work towards healing the wounds of August 11 elections so that the country can start to move in the right direction to achieve economic recovery and national development, says Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Nkole Chishimba.

Mr Chishimba said after the August 11 elections and the Constitutional Court ruling on the UPND petition, all Zambians regardless of their political, tribal, regional and tribal affiliations should work towards healing the country from the wounds of the elections.

The ZCTU chief, who is Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) president, was speaking in an interview in Kitwe yesterday after the Constitutional Court dismissed the UPND petition which sought the nullification of the re-election of President Edgar Lungu.

He said elections were a democratic way of electing leaders and so it should not divide the country on regional, tribal or political lines, but should unite the country in diversity.

“Those who won the elections and those who lost are all Zambians and can contribute to national development in various ways. Businessmen and women, marketeers, farmers and even us, the union leaders and our members, we contribute to national development in various ways.

‘‘This is why unity is important for national development because we depend on each other. The August 11 elections are over and so let us work towards healing our wounds,” said Mr Chishimba.

Mr Chishimba urged the Patriotic Front (PF) government to fulfil its campaign promises to the workers in particular and Zambians in general.

He said the PF emerged victorious in the August 11 elections after making various campaign promises and so it was imperative that it fulfilled those promises most of which centred on improving people’s lives.

“The petition by the UPND has been dismissed and as Zambians, we are looking forward to see the PF to start delivering on its campaign promises. We would like to see the creation of decent jobs and also the strengthening of labour laws that will deal with selfish and exploitative investors,” said Mr Chishimba.

He also urged the PF government to take progressive ideas from opposition parties as a way of consolidating policies and setting the stage for economic recovery and national development.