The opposition UPND has been challenged to stop protesting the outcome of the just ended general election if indeed it has faith in the capacity of the Constitutional Court to handle electoral disputes.
PF Deputy Spokesperson Frank Bwalya says violent protests by UPND supporters in Southern province are not necessary especially that the party has indicated that it will petition the President Edgar Lungu’s election.
He says protests and attacks on non UPND members over the outcome of last week’s elections are unfortunate.
Mr. Bwalya says this is especially that he is Tonga by tribe and that some of his Tonga family members have become victims of the violence by UPND supporters.
He states the UPND leadership has an obligation to show leadership and calm their members as the Constitutional Court hears its petition.
And the ruling Patriotic Front in Monze District has appealed to the traditional leadership to help in strengthening unity in the country.
PF Monze District Chairman Gilbert Mwila says Zambians cannot afford to live in a divided country, thus the need for the traditional leadership to come on board and provide guidance.
And Mr. Mwila says it is unfair for some UPND supporters to attack PF supporters in the district in the manner they did following the re-election of President Edgar Lungu.
He says politics should not divide the people, but rather strengthen the unity that exists among Zambians.
Mr. Mwila says nothing should come in between that which unites the Zambian people.
Meanwhile, Civil rights activist Brebner Changala has observed that the voting pattern in last Thursday’s general election has exposed the tribalism factor in the Zambian society.
In an interview with QTV news, Mr. Changala says he finds the voting pattern witnessed in the elections as an ugly outlook that needs to be reversed with issue based kind of campaigns.
Mr. Changala says if this is not done, the tribalism will pose a dangerous to the unity of the Zambian people.
He says despite the fact he is consoled that the opposition UPND managed to get votes in the PF strongholds, President Edgar Lungu and the ruling PF should not celebrate their victory.
Mr. Changala says President Lungu should instead sit down and see how the country can be united.