The Mayor of Mongu District Bright Tombi has called on the youth in Western Province to declare war against violence and safeguard the peace Zambia has enjoyed since independence.
Speaking at Country Lodge during the District Meeting for Politcal Parties organised by the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Mayor Tombi said no politcal party has monopoly over violence and it’s important that politcal leaders become civil with each other in the run up to the 2016 elections.
He described the rate at which politcal violence has been on the increase as sickening to the country. He said recruiting youth to balance up agents for Politcal violence won’t win any party an election.
Mayor Tombi has called on leaders from political parties to preach national unity and coexistence rather than incite youth to violence against each other. He told youth leaders that no leader who pays them to cause violence signs for the payment and that it’s time for youth to get the money and use it without doing the heinous acts for which they are paid.
And speaking at the same function, YALI President Andrew Ntewewe bemoaned the fact that politcal parties are now recruiting youth to balance the force of violence when they should have been recruiting the youth to persuade voters to vote for their parties
“YALI believes when politcal parties are recruiting the youth to balance the forces violence, this become the recipe for the country to go into flames and politcians will have themselves to blame and no other,” said Ntewewe
He called on leaders President Lungu, Hakainde Hichilema and other leaders to unconditionally meet and resolve the issue of violence but at the same time ensure Parliament quickly passes the law to criminalise political violence with a 10 – year jail sentence.
The District meeting is funded by the British Government the the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Development and attended by youth leaders from the United Party for National Development, Patriotic Front, Democratic Front, Alliance for Democracy and Development among other parties in Western Province