As Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), we wish to condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence that recently erupted on the Copperbelt involving the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND). We are greatly saddened that 51 years after independence, we still have people trading blows, machetes and firearms instead of words.
Just because we differ on the political scene does not mean we should be attacking each other. The high levels of hatred, bitterness and violence are very worrying and are incompatible with development and progress because how can people be thinking about how to move the nation forward towards prosperity if they are busy hacking each other? This is unacceptable.
The PF as the ruling party are supposed to show leadership because as the Bible says, to whom much is given, much is required. They should not let this spiral out of control and engulf the whole nation. It makes no sense for the PF to shift blame onto the UPND when they have power to control their own cadres and the Police. The UPND could have also behaved better and avoided the violence.
Zambians are not interested in violence. They want to coexist with each other in peace and harmony. They do not want to be teargassed and beaten by the Police. They do not want to see cadres from rival political parties beating each other. Zambians are fed up with this kind of Stone Age politics and demand more. Zambians are demanding for morality and integrity in politics.
Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba