Justice Minister Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula has urged political party leaders to desist from manipulating young people by using them as tools of violence.
Dr. Simbyakula notes that youths are vulnerable to manipulation by politicians more especially during elections.
Speaking during a Non -Violence political parties youth caucus meeting in Lusaka today, organized by the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Dr. Simbyakula expressed confidence that youths will learn conflict management skills which in turn will help them stay away from violent activities.
The Justice Minister has since called on all political party leaders to inculcate a non-violence culture in their party youths and adopt a peaceful behavior ahead of next year’s general election.
Speaking at the same event, YALI President Andrew Nthewewe says the objective of the caucus meeting is to strengthen youth’s participation in democratic process and build capacity so that they interrogate decisions made by politicians.
Meanwhile, UPND Vice President for Politics Dr. Canicius Banda says as long as Zambians continue to be uncivilized, it will be difficult to eliminate political violence in the country.
And Acting British High Commissioner to Zambia Melbourne Sean says the British Government stands ready to help Zambia in strengthening citizen’s voices and promoting peace.