Retired veteran Politician and former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Vernon Mwaanga has advised political party leaders to refrain their cadres from perpetrating violence.
Dr. Mwaanga said lawlessness must not be allowed to continue and urged political party leaders to take full responsibility by firmly dealing with their cadres who are involved in political violence.
Speaking in a telephone interview with Qfm radio last evening monitored by ZANIS, Dr. Mwaanga noted that political violence could lead to voter apathy if left unchecked.
He singled-out the ruling Patriotic (Front PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) as the two parties perpetrating violence.
And Dr. Mwaanga said the onus is on the leadership of the PF and UPND to ensure the violence engulfing the country is curbed.
“If political violence won’ be stopped by the two political leadership, eligible electorate will shun away from voting in this Thursday’s election and the referendum , which in turn will lead to voter apathy”, Dr. Mwaanga said.
Dr. Mwaanga however appealed to Zambians to turn up in large numbers to vote for their preferred candidates to avoid a second round presidential election.
The former Minister further urged would-be losers to accept the results and that if aggrieved should challenge the outcome of the elections through the court of law rather than resort to violence.