Fourth Revolution Party President Eric Chanda has challenged President Edgar Lungu to go ahead and declare a state of emergency ahead of next week’s general elections.
In an interview, Mr Chanda said President Lungu should stop issuing threats against his opponents and exercise his presidential powers and declare state of emergency if he believes it will quell violence.
He said all Zambians want to see peace but that the democratic gains that the country has achieved must be safeguarded.
Mr Chanda said there is no way President Lungu can even contemplate introducing draconian law in a democratic state.
Mr Chanda said by declaring a state of emergency, President Lungu will be helping to safeguard peace.
He suggested that President Lungu should declare state of emergency two days before voting day and maintain it until the results have been declared and all the candidates have agreed to the final outcome.
And United Party for National Development (UPND) Southern Province spokesperson Neto Halwabala says President Edgar Lungu’s leadership style is a threat to Zambia’s democratic tenets, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
Reacting to President Lungu’s recent warning where he was allegedly quoted in some sections of the media suggesting that if political violence in the country will continue, he will be prompted to use draconian law in order to maintain peace in Zambia.
The head of state explained during a rally in Mufulira on Monday the 1st August, 2016 that Zambia has a well-known tradition of peace and tranquility which must be protected without fail.
In a statement, Mr. Halwabala said President Lungu’s recent sentiments are a clear indication that he does not understand the meaning of democracy.
He said democracy is the mother of peace, and without democracy there shall be no peace in Zambia because the two are inseparable.
Mr. Halwabala noted that upholding democratic tenets is a precondition for the spontaneous peaceful environment where everyone respects people’s freedom and rights.
He has since stated that such warnings from the president should be considered as mischievous and an affront to his own intelligence.
“PF Presidential candidate does not understand democracy. Zambia’s democracy is under threat for having Lungu as a President. How can the President Say “lam ready to kill democracy in an effort to protect peace”? This shows Lungu’s failure to understand the meaning of democracy.”
“There shall be no peace without democracy and let Lungu stop hallucinating on this he does not understand. As UPND we take his threat as mischievous and insult to his own intelligence. We also wish to warn him not to be so careless in his statement because as UPND we shall always defend democracy using our democratic rights within our supreme law of Zambia”
“His fear of losing power next week should not lead him to put Zambia on political fire. Democracy is the mother of peace, therefore without democracy there shall be no peace” Mr. Halwabala