Violence Won’t Take Us Anywhere.
It is highly regrettable that despite the church’s attempt to stop the violence through the consultative meetings held, we have continued receiving reports of violence from selected parts of the country. Our politicians have continued using the young people as tools of violence with impunity; without shame.
It is disappointing that most political parties contesting in this years elections have failed to explain to the voters what they intend to do if voted into office. They have instead concentrated on name calling and hate speech. This has resulted in politicians denying the voters an opportunity to know the party manifestos, a situation that may cause voter apathy.
It is the responsibility of every political party to ensure that peace and unity prevails before, during and after elections. The amount of hatred among politicians is worrying and must be a source of concern for every peace loving Zambian. We have for a long time enjoyed peace and stability as a country and it must be the interest of every political leader, especially presidents of the different political parties to ensure that they play a role in promoting peace and unity. Supporters of different political parties must also refrain from any form of political violence or electoral malpractice.
I urge the youth to resist from being used as tools of violence during the campaigns. It is very important for us to realise that we are one people despite being members and supporters of different political parties. The youth have the power to stop the violence if they worked together and refuse to be used in the manner they are currently being used by selfish politicians.
At this point in time our leaders must promote tolerance, peaceful coexistence, diversity and divergent opinions as we get closer to the elections. This is the surest way we will ensure that the 11th August elections are held in a free, fair and corrupt free environment.
Civil society organizations, the church and ordinary citizens must all remember that the biggest asset we have as a nation is the fact that Zambia is known world over as a peace loving nation. We must therefore strive to ensure that we keep this banner in the right place.
I finally wish to commend the police for being professional thus far during this official campaign period. The police command must continue providing its services in a professional manner without being intimidated by political players. we have ourselves to blame if we fail to control our tempers during this delicate time and violence wont take us anywhere.
By David Kakoma.