Coalition for Peaceful Elections is optimistic that the country will one day get rid of political violence
Written by MillenniumEditor2 on July 14, 2021
The Coalition for Peaceful Elections in Zambia has expressed optimism that the country will one day get rid of political violence during elections.
And presidents of various political parties have pledged to ensure they do their part to support peaceful elections next month.
Speaking on behalf of the coalition, Independent Churches of Zambia President David Masupa says politically inspired violence is a drawback to democracy as it creates unnecessary tension.
Bishop Mususu was speaking during the peace conference organized by the coalition to allow presidents of all political parties sign to peace pledge to commit to peace during and after next month’s general elections.
Bishop Mususu has challenged leaders of political parties not to just condemn violence but take practical steps to end the vice.
And Common Wealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland says it is the responsibility of all political party leaders to ensure peace is achieved throughout the entire electoral process.
Ms. Scotland says violence will only disadvantage women, persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups from participating in the electoral process.
And Zambia center for interparty dialogue-ZCID board chairperson Jackson Silavweis optimistic that the peace pledgesigning will bring about real practical commitment of a peaceful and prosperous Zambia.
Meanwhile Democratic Party president Harry Kalaba says political leaders must look out for each other instead of destroying one another
And United Party for National Development-UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says stopping political violence needs to be tackled professionally by the police who he has accused of arresting victims instead of instigators of violence.