The Young African Leaders Initiative has Condemned the Zambia Police for not acting swiftly to prevent the fracas that insured on Saturday during the Youth Day celebrations.
And YALI President Andrew Ntewewe has described the actions of the PF youths as shameful saying there was an engagement between PF and the UPND before Youth Day which was held under the hospices of the Ministry of Youths to try and avoid what happened on Saturday.
Mr Ntewewe who was featuring on Joy FM radio said it was disappointing that the Police with the full knowledge of who started the fight could not act to prevent the fracas.
He expressed disappointment that Mr Kamba is still enjoying his freedom when was clearly the person who instigated the violence that occurred on Saturday and should brought to book for behavior likely to bleach of peace due to his actions.
He expressed regret that the police without any regard of the people attending the meeting decided to fire tear gas making some of the invited guests such as the ILO Director live before the speech was read out by the Vice President.
He said the Police should not only be seen to be working when they are dealing with the opposition but that they should be exhibit professionalism if political violence is to be stopped.
He has since challenged the Police to act impartial saying their partiality makes one wonder if they are ready to Police the forth coming elections.
He also said Mr Kamba’s behavior does not befit that of a leader.
“From the YALI point of view we want to seriously blame first of all the PF Lusaka Province youth Chairperson Kenneth Kamba. He acted in a very un sobber manner, he acted in a manner that does not befit a leader who can take up that leadership position. We thought that if tolerance had prevailed delinquency would have been more shamed, if their was no retaliation. We have been talking to people about none violent action and one of the the key things about none violent action is that no retaliation in fact the better way is to walk away or to run away,” he said.
He said Mr Kamba should not have acted in the manner he did because that was a national event and not a PF event.
And Mr Ntewewe said it was shameful that even after appending the signatures denouncing violence, Youths could throw away all the things they said they would stand for within 12 hours and engage in a bloody battle in full view of the Country’s Vice President.
He said after a two day Youth National Conference the youths from all political parties agreed to denounce political violence but the that two parties seem to think that they can only be noticed by being violent.