By SARAH MWANZA –
A SENIOR Zambian citizen has lamented the continued pockets of violence being recorded in the country especially towards the run- up to the August 11, general elections.
Mr Paul Kalwa who was in a political strategy team for late Presidents Fredrick Chiluba and Michael Sata, said it was unfortunate that violence had taken centre-stage including recording deaths in some areas.
He was speaking in reaction to the recent murder case of a Patriotic Front (PF) Chalimbana mobilisation coordinator Paul Longwani who was killed in Chongwe recently.
He said if the death of Mr Longwani was politically influenced, leaders, the church and all well- meaning Zambians, should rise up and condemn such acts in the name of politics.
He said Luapula and Livingstone are two areas that had exhibited unity and co-existence among different political players.
Mr Kalwa said Zambia had always been known for holding peaceful elections hence the need to continue safeguarding the peace that the country had continued to enjoy by conducting non-violence campaigns.
“We are One Zambia One Nation, so why should we kill one another when we can campaign in peace and vote for a president who will be able to develop this country for the betterment of our lives?” he asked.
He further called on the registrar of societies to de-register all political parties perpetrating political violence.
Mr Kalwa said there was need for all political parties to embrace peace and unity ahead of the election and stop the violence that was currently on the rise.
He also urged peace loving Zambians to vote for President Edgar Lungu owing to massive developmental projects that the country had continued to witness.
“We have all seen the developmental projects that the president has implemented in the shortest period of time hence the need to give him another chance,” he said.
Meanwhile, he has challenged the church to pray for Zambia and encourage the people to vote peacefully.