Violence wont take us anywhere – Kapoma

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FB_IMG_1465882022677It 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, says governance activist David Kapoma.
Yesterday, a mob of armed PF cadres in Shiwang’andu District attempted to bring down a helicopter carrying a UPND entourage as they made their way to a planned campaign rally in the area. The cadres threw sticks stones and other objects at the helicopter, previnting it from landing. Police had to use teargas to disperse the cadres and restore order.
However, the ruling PF have refused to own up to the attack, instead accusing the opposition UPND of staging the incident.
But Kapoma has noted with sadness that politicians have continued to use the young people as tools of violence with impunity and 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,” Kapoma said in a statement made available to Zambian Eye.
“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.,” he added
He appealed to political leaders to promote tolerance, peaceful coexistence, diversity and divergent opinions as the country gets closer to the elections, adding that this is the surest way to hold August 11 elections in a free, fair and corrupt free environment.
He further reminded civil society organizations, the church and ordinary citizens that the biggest asset the nation has is the fact that Zambia is known world over as a peace loving nation and must therefore strive to ensure that the country keeps this banner in the right place.
Kapoma has since commended the police for being professional so far during the official campaign period and called on the police command to continue providing its services in a professional manner without being intimidated by political players.

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5 Responses to Violence wont take us anywhere – Kapoma

  1. IF SOMEBODY REMEMBER BA LENSINA THEN HMMMMMM

    ,
    June 14, 2016 at 10:31 am
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    • Warning to all youths being used by PF to commit crime in the name of politics! Once UPND forms government which is clearly obvious as at now, unless tables are turned upside down within the last two months, it will constitute a commission of inquiry (some amnesty provided for whistle blowers) to investigate and identify all PF cadres who have been causing violence against opposition party members. This is no joke. Don’t be fooled around that Chagwa is not going to relinquish power as it is mentioned in PF corridors of power as this is just a PF ploy to ensure that PF cadres do not restrain themselves from committing crime with the guarantee that they will still in power under any circumstance. Things are changing very fast as evidenced from the massive rallies being held in Northern, Muchinga and Luapula provinces; thanks to GBM power. The rest of the provinces have been already UPND friendly for some time and victory is almost guaranteed. Steven Kampyongo won’t be there to protect you. Chishimba Kambwili will run away back to England where he actually belongs (just came to make some quick backs); his wife and children live there. Edgar Lungu has immunity and the safe passage offer and will be enjoying his retirement on Jameson with RB. You will rot alone in prison for long time. Frank Bwalya, Mumbi Phiri and Davies Chama will not save you. Be reasonable and don’t put your life in jeopardy for life in order for Chagwa, the rich ruler to make himself richer. His so called humility will not save you.

      Geoffrey
      June 14, 2016 at 11:16 am
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      • i strongly and whole heartedly agree and support your submission. everyone knows too well that pf and Mr. Lungu are 100% behind the current wave of violence. so, we in the UPND will ensure that whoever is involved pays the hard price.
        why should it be such that the opposition continues to live in fear of attacks by these stupid idiots? are we not Zambians to fail to make decissions on what is best for our country? come 11.08.2016, only 58 days away today, Zambia will be liberated.
        I also want to warn PF that when we do not fight back, it is purely out of love for peace and indeed that we want to ensure that elections are held on 11th August and not allow PF to declare a fake state of emergency to warrant a postponment of this election as that would perpetrate this misrule. FA LULI LUTA BONANA NI MINA BO NAMAPABELO TUNI. MUKAISE KAUFELA.

        Kongwa
        June 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm
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  2. The silence from the president is deafening. This is the time he is expected to use his BIG stick to quench violence.

    Kalenga
    June 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm
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  3. What if this is what Museven advised him to do, Kill the strong opposition leaders so that they remain in power? God forbid, that will not happen to my HH and team. Instead,evil planners will go first as God would not want his people to suffer because of selfish individuals.
    This is Exactly what started war in in Rwanda and we all have to be careful

    Best Cop
    June 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm
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