FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has commended the various stakeholders calling for peace and unity in the aftermath of the elections.
Mr Mwanza has however called on Zambians to work towards the maintenance of peace and unity saying “peace is a by-product of our own actions.”
He explained that for peace to continue prevailing in the country Zambians should not only condemn violence that threatens to bring disunity in the country but act towards ensuring that it is maintained.
“Let me begin by commending all those individuals and organisations that have been calling for peace and unity in the aftermath of the elections.
“However, it must be made known that peace does not happen just because we shout it loudly. Peace is a by-product of our own actions. For peace to reign we must work for it; our actions can either produce or hinder peace. Just shouting the mantra “One Zambia One Nation” is not enough to secure peace and unity in Zambia. We must live and act as one Zambia, all of us equal before the law,” he said.
He added “You cannot expect to have peace when you treat others unfairly. You can’t expect peace when you mistreat, derogate, mock and steal from others.”
He also called for justice and equality for all in the country saying the two are ingredients of peace and unity.
“Where there is no justice and equality there can never be peace. Injustice and inequality only breeds disgruntlement, rebellion, chaos and civil strife. Peter Tosh once sang that ” I don’t want peace, just give me equal rights and justice” because he fully understood that peace was a by-product of Justice and Equality.
“If we sow seeds of greed, injustice, corruption, theft and misrule then we will surely reap chaos and violence. You can’t plant lemons and reap oranges. You reap what you sow. Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: A man reaps what he sows.” As a general principle, it is definitely true that sowing leads to reaping. It’s true in agriculture, it’s true in charitable giving, and it’s true in life choices,” Mr Mwanza said.