I deeply regret the death of a female civilian who was shot dead by police in the central business district of Lusaka after the UPND cadres clashed with police. The action by police was irresponsible, unnecessary and must be condemned.
After enjoying peace and unity for a long time and being the flag bearers of peace on the African continent, our country should not be turned into a restless state. The police are well trained to handle crowds, therefore using of live ammunition on defenceless citizens right in the centre of the city should not be justified. The action police took was not only punitive but put lives of many civilians in danger. The police had other means they must have used to disperse the cadres.
I call upon the head of state President Edgar Lungu, who is also commander in chief to ensure that every citizen is safe and protected regardless of tribe or political affiliation. The president must immediately address the nation and provide a way forward as the situation is now becoming desperate.
We will have ourselves to blame as a nation if we allow our country to catch fire at a time like this when we should all promote peace as we go towards the general elections. We need to put our political interest aside and make sure that we work together in stopping the violence. We must be mindful of the women and children who are more vulnerable in times of civil unrest.
I further call on the electoral commission of Zambia ECZ to move in quickly and deal with the situation as mandated by the constitution through the electoral act. The electoral commission of Zambia must cancel all campaign rallies and meetings if the concerned parties fail to conduct themselves in a manner that will not promote peace and unity. The ECZ must do this in the interest of preventing more deaths and preserve the peace and stability.
All peace loving Zambians must stand in unity as one and condemn any violent acts. in the interest of promoting democracy, It is incumbent upon all of us to ensure that we act responsibly and adhere to the provisions of our supreme laws.May God bless Zambia.