CHIEF Zumwanda of the Chewa Speaking People in Lundazi District of Eastern Province has urged politicians to resolve to conduct politics in a decent way ahead of the August 11th general elections.
The Chief said political violence which were being recorded in some parts would destroy the image of the country.
Chief Zumwanda was speaking when Eastern Province coordinator for special team campaign for President Edgar Lungu paid a courtesy call on him at his palace in Lundazi on Monday.
He said politicians must remain peaceful and exercise the franchise in a free and peaceful manner adding that this would boost the standing on the World.
Chief Zumwanda said political leaders must do everything within their powers to curtail the rise in political violence and tension in the country.
“As a country,we have come a long way in so far as maintaining peace is concerned.Politics must not divide the country because when we got independence in 1964 we remain peaceful,”he said.
He said there was need to put the interest of the country above petty party politics stating that politicians who were promoting violence must be discarded in the ballot.
He said the majority Zambians must be proud that the country was enjoying the accolade of being peaceful nation.
Chief Zumwanda said nothing should be done by anybody to undermine the peace and tranquility that currently prevails in the country because peace was cardinal.
He said politics of character assassinations were not good because political leaders were suppose to campaign on issue based inline with their party manifestos.
“The campaigns of character assassination was wrong gone because the duty of political leaders is to sell their party manifestos to the electorate,”he said.
And Mr Mangani who is former home affairs minister in MMD regime said he was in the area to ask for votes for President Lungu and other Patriotic Front aspiring candidates.
He said the ruling party would strive hard to campaign based on the party manifesto which he said was clear.
Mr Mangani asked the traditional leader to assist in mobilising the people to vote on the polls day in an effort to avoid voter apathy.