A Clergyman has called on political party leaders to accept responsibility of the actions of their party cadres.
Rev Aaron Chilujinka said party leaders are responsible for the actions of their members hence should accept when a wrong is committed regardless of whether they are in opposition or ruling party.
With specific reference to the UPND Rev Chilujinka said the opposition should not always portray themselves as victims when they are also perpetrating violence.
“UPND must accept and not portray themselves as victims. The verb violence is across the board, you and I read Newspapers everyday and this is why it is crucially important even for Journalists to weigh what they quote. They as UPND need to accept responsibility when they have committed an offence in terms of violence, be it verbal or physical violence or indeed mental violence,” he said.
He further said the Church is not there to condemn any individual or political party but to give guidance and that political players should stop misinforming the public by twisting what their opponents say.
“This is where we are having problems, the PF trying to twist what the opposition has said and the opposition twisting what the PF has said and this is bordering on misinformation of the public.
“We cannot toil the line for example if the PF twists the words of Hakainde Hichilema or if UPND twists the words of Edgar Lungu, we need to say that this is a distortion of what was exactly said. These political parties must accept that they have been at the centre of the root cause and usually it has come from the distortion of what the other has said and this not acceptable and that is not leadership,” Rev Chilujinka said.