MONGU Central Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament Nathaniel Mubukwanu has regretted the clashes between supporters of the ruling party and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) in the area.
On Friday, UPND and PF supporters in Mongu attacked each other’s secretariat and damaged property.
On Saturday, the police in Mongu managed to separate the supporters of the two parties who almost clashed.
Mr Mubukwanu has since called for co-existence and tolerance between PF and UPND supporters in Mongu as violence had potential to reach unmanageable levels.
Speaking in an interview in Livingstone on Saturday after seeing off Vice President Inonge Wina, Mr Mubukwanu said Zambia had enjoyed democracy for many years and hence there was need to promote peace and unity in the country.
“I can confirm that PF and UPND attacked each other’s property in Mongu. Regrettably the unrest experienced in Mongu was politically motivated.
“That situation is deeply regretted and we don’t want to tolerate it in democratic dispensation like ours,” he said.
Mr Mubukwanu, who is also Southern Province Minister, hoped that that the unrests were the first and the last ones where political violence reached high levels of seriousness in Mongu.
“I know there were sporadic incidences elsewhere but the Mongu one was very much regrettable and it was uncalled for.
“I do not have the mandate of UPND who were involved from the other side but speaking on PF, we have been peace loving party and people who have maintained law and order for many years. We would like that spirit to be embraced by everybody,” Mr Mubukwanu said.
He called for political tolerance among the political players in Mongu saying there was need for the two parties compare notes as opposed to engaging in violence.
“Going forward, we would like to appeal for peace from all political leaders as violence has potential to reach unmanageable levels if it is not curbed,” he said.