Bishop Banda calls for steps to curb violence
Northmead Assembly of God Church Bishop Joshua Banda has observed that it is essential for Zambians to take steps aimed at preventing all forms of violence and come up with constructive ways of resolving conflict.
Speaking at a Press briefing to mark the closure of a workshop on Peace Building Initiatives co-hosted with Patriots Worldwide in Lusaka yesterday, Bishop Banda said this is important especially that the country will be going to the polls later this year.
ZANIS reports that Bishop Banda said the greatest mark of a maturing democracy was through the country’s ability to conduct competitive free and fair elections in a peaceful and enabling environment.
He has further urged youths not to waste their energy on violent partisan activities but focus their creative energy in national defence and development.
And presenting resolutions of the workshop,United Party for National Development (UPND) National Youth Coordinator Brian Hapunda said participants have resolved that as the country heads towards tripartite elections, no alcoholic beverages should be sold in voting areas as it is a source of conflict.
Mr. Hapunda said it was not in the interest of young people to be used as objects of political violence but to be viewed as essential people to national development.
He also added that youth have resolved not to allow any political party to run an office or operate in markets and bus stations as this has for a long time now been the source of violence that Zambia has witnessed in the recent past.
He further said the sale of alcohol should be restricted to designated areas adding that any political party which will be found distributing alcoholic beverages should be taken to task.
Mr. Hapunda has urged the youth to get involved in meaningful developmental issues that will add value to their lives.
The one-day workshop attracted youths from political parties, the Church, Non Governmental Organisations among others.