SACCORD says the reported near punch-up between opposition UPND MPs is an indication of how deep rooted political violence has become in the country.
SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Cheembe said the near punch-up is an extension of political violence to Parliament which has been happening in the country try.
“The reported near punch-up between opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Members of Parliament (MPs) is an indication of how just deep rooted political violence has become in our country.
“The near punch-up is an extension of political violence to Parliament which has been happening in our country on our streets, at international airports, churches, hotels, bus markets, bus stations and international day celebrations. As SACCORD, we have constantly consistently appealed to our political leaders to practice non violent communication as much as possible as violent communication leads to disrespect to the extent that people may end up killing as studies have shown.
“It is expected that our MPs should exhibit exemplary behavior as much as possible so that political cadres who look up to them can have good role models. If political leaders who are Honourable are in the forefront of using violent communication and almost end up fighting in Parliament, what message does that send to their followers? We hope that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Patrick Matibini, will act boldly on violent communication in Parliament and ensure that civility prevails in terms of language and conduct.We cannot afford to allow political violence to be extended to Parliament in Zambia as it is already in most sectors of our society and is a clear and immediate present danger to our peace and stability,” he said.
On Wednesday two UPND MPs Cornelius Mweetwa of Choma central and Jonas Shakafuswa Katuba almost fought in the house when the later seemed to be incensed by the actions of his colleague from Katuba who raised a PF symbol.