People in the country have been cautioned not to allow xenophobic attacks being perpetrated in South Africa temper with their Christian values of forgiving.
Former prime Minister under the United National Independence Party (UNIP) government Malimba Masheke is appealing to Zambians to remember that it is not their nature as Christians to retaliate when they have been wronged.
General Masheke has told Qfm News by telephone that President Edgar Lungu is right and people in the country should heed his counsel not to take a tit for tat approach over what is happening in South Africa.
He has stressed the need for people to remember that they have brothers and sisters living in other countries and therefore the same treatment they expect their relatives to be given in foreign land is what they too should render to other foreign nationals.
The former prime Minister however notes that this does not on the other hand mean that the xenophobic attacks happening in South African should not be condemned or protested against.
He says if people are to protest against the said attacks such expression of displeasure should not be violent.
General Masheke who is also a retired Zambia Army Commander has also appealed to SADC to intervene by not allowing what is happening in South Africa affect the region’s peace and unity.
He states that SADC should ensure that all its member countries continue interacting with one another.