SACCORD has expressed concern that politicians seem not have taken anything from the peace indaba which was organized by the Catholic Bishops to promote co-existence among political parties.
SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Cheembe said it was saddening that despite the peace indaba the country continues to see violent communication among political leaders when they are supposed to be in the fore front of promoting peace.
“We are saddened that even after the indaba we continue to see violent communication taking place in our country. It is expected that all political leaders who attended the peace indaba would at least be in the fore front in ensuring that peace prevails in our country.
“We take note of the fact that if you want to lay blame there are at least two political parties that have been spear heading political violence namely the ruling PF and the opposition UPND but by and large the ruling party. Our expectation is that instead of engaging in a blame game let us all work together and ensure that what was agreed upon at the indaba is actually implemented,” he said.
He said it defeats the purpose for leaders to call on youths to be peaceful while they continue fighting.
“If we are going to call on the youths to be peaceful but at the same time going to call on our leaders to engage in fist fights then we are defeating the all purpose of peace.It is our hope that going forward we will see more non violent communication as opposed to violent communication. We believe that this will go a long way in ensuring that peace prevails in our country.
“Let us bury the hatchet, move on and ensure that we work together as one people working in the interest of the Republic of Zambia because we have a profound and biding faith in the country that we all love,” he said.
Mr Cheembe’s comments comes in the wake of continued hate speech and derrigotory language that has continued to be used by politicians despite their pledge to promote peaceful campaigns by ensuring that the remain civil towards one another.