The EU delegation in Zambia says it is deeply concerned with the recent incidents of politically motivated violence in the country.
The delegation said in a statement that the absence of violence in the country is key to having a free, fair and peaceful elections.
The delegation further notes that preventing incidents of violence will strengthen the country’s reputation as a peaceful, stable and tolerant nation as well as a its stance as the destination of choice for foreign investment and tourism.
Below is the full statement issued to the media by the EU.
The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Zambia.
The EU Delegation and the Heads of Mission of EU Member States are deeply concerned by the recent incidents of politically motivated violence in Zambia. The absence of violence is required to guarantee the Zambian people their democratic rights to free, fair and peaceful elections.
Moreover, preventing such incidents will strengthen Zambia’s international reputation as a peaceful, stable and tolerant country and its stance as a destination of choice for foreign investments and tourism.
The EU Delegation and the Heads of Mission of EU Member States appeal to the leaders of all political parties to come together to make a firm and public commitment to reject violence, thus fulfilling the expectations of the peace-loving Zambian people who reject violence in all its forms.
The EU Delegation and the Heads of Mission of EU Member States call upon the Authorities to adopt a policy of zero tolerance towards all attempts by so-called party cadres to solve political differences by resorting to violence, to thoroughly investigate each case of political violence, and to bring to justice all perpetrators, regardless of their political affiliation.