A cry for peace, unity and reconciliation

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Fisho Mwale

Fisho Mwale

When I announced my decision to contest for the position of Lusaka Mayor, I did this under the house of the Lord at the cathedral of the child Jesus. I believed and still believe that the increasing political violence and intolerance among political players required more than talk. I stated that this election would be violent as it was evident from the events that characterised the our political field. My decision to stand as independent on the basis of promoting love, peace,  unity and reconciliation has been vindicated.

Many Zambians are now faced with difficult questions that require answers.  Why have we becomes enemies of our brothers and sisters? Where is the peace our country has enjoyed since independence? Where is the love for our neighbours? These and many questions linger in the minds of many Lusaka residents.

Victims of the recent political violence in Lusaka would speak more eloquently than I ever could because they have experienced it. The residents of Lusaka have become victims and now live in fear. Our residents must be protected and treated equal irrespective of age, color, creed, religion or political affiliation.

Now is not a time to point fingers at one another. We must all take responsibility and ensure that we do everything possible in our individual capacities to end the violence. We need to behave and act responsibly and avoid conflict. We must think of our vulnerable women and children and the future we are creating for them. As leaders we must think of how posterity will judge us.

It is my hope and prayer that the move by the electoral commission of Zambia will bring about sanity once the campaigns resumes in the next few day. I urge the political parties participating in this year’s election to refrain from violence and promote democracy. Our democracy is under threat when we choose to act in a manner that undermines the tenants of it.

I finally want to make an appeal to the residents of Lusaka to wake up and end the violence. I believe that one of the ways to end violence at local level is by de-politicising the local government. I urge Lusaka residents to elect a mayor who will not treat the residents based on parties they belong to. Once voted into office as a non partisan mayor I will ensure that Lusaka city is united for purpose of peace, reconciliation and development. I will treat everyone equal and with fairness regardless of the parties they belong to.

Lusaka residents now have an opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote for a mayor who is non partisan, independent and will serve their interest as a city with discrimination based on party lines. .

10th July 2016
FISHO P MWALE
Lusaka Mayor Independent Candidate

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6 Responses to A cry for peace, unity and reconciliation

  1. All those aspirations of yours are easy to achieve if Edgar Lungu wants. He doesn’t want them. And please call a spade instead of generalizing the source of the problems when you know for sure that if Edgar Lungu today said no violence, it would stop immediately.

    Mr PF Violence. 2011-2016. RIP.
    July 11, 2016 at 11:43 am
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    • Thanks for shganir. Always good to find a real expert.

      Micheal
      July 18, 2016 at 5:12 am
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  2. THE HATRED STARTED A LONG TIME AGO.CERTAIN PRESS WHEN THEY WHERE WRITING DEMONISING, INSULTING,NAME CALLING THEY THOUGHT OTHERS ARE NOT GET INJURED. TODAY HATRED PERPETUATED BY THE PRESS PRINTED AND SOCIAL MEDIA HAS HATCHED. AND ESPECIALLY THAT POLITICIANS WANT POSITIONS AT ALL COST THE PRESS OF EVIL PIPO IS THERE TO PROMOTE “INVISIBLE WAR” WHICH HAS BECOME VISIBLE WAR BELIEVE ME OR NOT. GO INTO THE ARCHIVES & PRESENT OF THE PRINT MEDIA & SOCIAL MEDIA THERE IS ONLY HATRED PROMOTED.

    Benson
    July 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm
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  3. Pres. Lungu must put his
    Christianity into action

    LAST FRIDAY, something really terrible happened in Lusaka.
    The opposition UPND had earlier in the week notified the police of their intention to hold a political rally in Chawama on Friday and in Kanyama over the weekend. At the very last minute, the police informed the UPND leadership that their planned rally had been cancelled due to the poor security situation. But the opposition UPND protested the decision and decided that they would defy the decision. Some youths opted to march to the venue. Unfortunately, the police reacted by firing live bullets and teargas canisters at the unarmed youths. In the process, a number of UPND supporters were badly injured while about 2 were killed. And according to the police, about 22 protesters were arrested.
    This is not really the first time something this disturbing is happening. From the time the election campaigns started, we have seen carders from the opposition UPND and the ruling PF clashing from time to time. A number of deaths have actually been recorded. But what happened last week Friday is something that could have been avoided. It appears to us that the police in this country is failing us.
    Firstly, it is very, very difficult for us to understand why the police decided to cancel the UPND rally. Their reasons for cancelling the rally are not very valid. This is the campaign period where all political parties need to freely sell themselves to the electorates. And as such, we have seen the ruling PF hold rallies whenever and wherever they feel like holding one. No one has been stopping them. But the police and other state organs have not been that accommodative to the opposition.
    As a newspaper, we feel that is basically where the problems are coming from. We cannot blame the UPND for feeling neglected by the police. This is because so far, the police have shown to everyone that they are partial in their operations. They treat PF with kids’ gloves but they are very, very tough on the opposition.
    As a newspaper, we feel this is very unfair and it’s something that must be stopped immediately. We can’t have a situation where the police are firing live ammunition at defenseless citizens. Why should innocent people be treated like condemned criminals? The Bible which the Inspector General of Police was raising when he swearing before the President that he would protect and defend the Constitution forbids anyone from talking another person’s life. Has he already forgotten that fact?
    Look, those people they killed are young people. Those people are the future of this country. It is very hard to understand why those trigger happy police officers had to do something like that to those poor young men and women.
    We would therefore like to appeal to the President, Mr. Edgar Lungu to intervene in all this madness that is taking place. He is the president. Everyone will listen when he talks. First, let the president act on—not just condemn—the violence that is taking place. We are all aware that the ruling PF has an armed militia group that is well fed and paid. We all know about Max Chongo and all his colleagues. Let the President act on Max and everyone else.Then let him then move to the UPND. We all know that the opposition UPND is also hiding criminals. Let the police deal all of them. When all this is done, we are quite sure we will not hear of any political violence around the country.
    The other thing the President needs to work on is the impartiality of the police. The days of using the police service as party carders are long gone. Let the police operate professionally. Why should the police be soft on PF carders but be very brutal on UPND carders? It just doesn’t make sense. Actually, it is the behavior of the police that is causing PF carders to be insolent. They know that no matter what they do, nothing will be done against them.
    Today, no one can walk around the streets of Lusaka wearing UPND regalia. Such a person would be beaten like no man’s business. On the other hand, PF supporters are free to wear any type PF regalia they feel like. So, where are the police to protect the UPND supporters? Mr. President, you have told us that you are a humble Christian man who is God fearing. You see, being Christian is not about uttering mere words and attending church services. It’s mostly about actions and how you treat people. Show us your Christianity by doing the correct thing. In the meantime, nearly everything is depending on you. The violence will end when you act. The police will become professional as soon as you act. Please act soon before this Christian nation of us goes on fire. May God bless Zambia.
    The Church, Sunday July 10-17,2016

    TITO
    July 12, 2016 at 8:12 am
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  4. Fisho Fisho. What are you trying to do. As son of a politician I am sure you know everything but you are pretending as though everything is normal. Everything that politicians have been hiding and sweeping under the carpet is now coming to the surface. The way you started your statement, I thought you were going to end by saying that you are withdrawing your candidature because of violence but you are not because you are part of the Lusaka destabilization agenda. The Zambian state has been behaving the same way like the Jewish state. People from all over who can to live in Lusaka have now displaced the original inhabitants of Lusaka: Lenjes and Solis. Don’t tel me that you are not aware of the fact that Lusaka was declared a province by UNIP so that it could be dominated by others. At the end of it all you are not sorry for what PF and ECl have done by killing because the family affected does not come from Petauke.

    Mpongo Muleya
    July 12, 2016 at 1:52 pm
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  5. There can never be peace and reconciliation if those that commit murder are walking the streets of Lusaka with their heads high, thinking that they have worked. They are even saying twabomba. Fisho If you truly want peace talk to your tribesman Lungu who is being groomed by your Malawian tribesman Rupia to be brutal to Zambians. If these non Zambians can leave Zambians alone then there can be peace in Zambia. I also take note of the fact that your mother is not Zambian.

    Muntu Buyo
    July 12, 2016 at 4:47 pm
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