Let’s reflect on how to end political violence – Mutati

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MMD faction leader Felix Mutati has called on fellow politicians to show their strength through propagating policies and not perpetrating violence against each other.
Speaking in an interview shortly after attending Mass at Kanyanga Catholic Church in Chasefu District, Mutati said it was disappointing that instead of sitting to reflect on how to stop violence some politicians were propagating for more violence.
He said the strength of a human being is in embracing the enemy and ensuring that no harm comes to them adding that building a nation requires that enemies embrace each other for the great good of the country.
“Building a nation requires that we embrace our enemies, we have to exercise tolerance even to those that have been against us only then can we start to even root out violence. Its suddening that  at a human level, we can even plan and project violence, instead of sitting to reflect.  The greatest strength of a human being is when they embrace their enemy, your enemy is your biggest friend,” he said.
He said his prayer is that parties that will participate in the Bahati by elections will compete with ideas and not win elections by intimidating others.
“For Bahahti by election our prayer is that learn from the scriptures of today. No violence, fight and compete with ideas, you cannot  be able to win through intimidation. Give the people the freedom to choose who must lead them, not the strength of your pangas, not the strength of your ugly words. It is a great sin to plan violence. To our friends who might have this evil thought, it must be expunged from their planning process.”
And speaking during Mass in his message to the Church, Fr. Emanuel Chafwa called on politicians to learn to embrace one another and say good about one other and drift away from politics of hate which has continued to characterize the nation’s campaign periods.
Fr. Chafwa of Kanyanga parish in Chasefu district said the name calling and accusations and counter accusations should come to an end and that there is need for people especially politicians to embrace their percieved enemies as demanded by the word of God.
“Let us learn to say good about one another. Politicians especially during campaigns are fond of saying all sorts of bad things against each other, I for one do not know which president is a Zambian because opponents usually have something to say about every president, Kaunda was accused of being Malawian, Chiluba we were told he was Congolese, Rupiah was also said to be Malawian, these are what we need to deal with.”
“Love your enemies, do not curse them even when they do bad to you. Pray for them, I know it is not easy but holding grudges augainst that have done bad against you only distances you away from God.”
Fr Chafwa further commended Mutati for agreeing to work with president Edgar Lungu.
 “A good example of selfless leadership that I can give is that of Mr. Mutati, I am not campaigning but the facts are that after the 2016 elections, president Lungu asked Mr. Mutati to work with him and he accepted despite him also being a president of a political party. That is putting the people first before self. That is having a heart for the people,” he said.

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