Five political parties in Namwala district have met under the auspices of the district political parties’ liaison committee and resolved that they will work with traditional leadership to promote peace and unity in the area.
The parties include the Patriotic Front (PF), the United Party for National Development (UPND), the Rainbow, the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD).
The meeting was addressed by the District Electoral Officer Henry Chawah, who is also Namwala district council secretary.
The political parties have also resolved to have radio programmes that promote unity among members of the communities in their respective political parties.
Namwala district has experienced some post-election political violence following the announcement of the presidential election results last week.
In another development, chief Mungaila of the Ila people in Namwala district has distanced himself from the people who have been causing violence in some parts of his chiefdom.
Chief Mungaila’s representative Mbeza Shingwele told ZANIS that the traditional leader was in fact appealing for peace in the district.
Mr. Shingwele said the situation has now normalised and hoped that the state of affairs will remain as it is now.
And Government has intensified humanitarian efforts in Namwala district, Southern Province, where the number of people displaced by post-election political violence has now reached 143.
This follows the repatriation of 86 more people on Sunday by the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the Vice-president’s office to Namwala Secondary School, which is being used as a safe zone.
Meanwhile, ZAMBIA Police in Southern Province says the situation was still unpredictable in different parts of the province.
Last week some suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres rioted in different districts in the province after the announcement of the final Presidential elections results.
Southern Province Police commissioner Godwin Phiri said the police was alert and monitoring some stubborn prone areas.
“Despite the unpredictability of the state of affairs Zambia Police remain alert monitoring stubborn areas where there was intimidation,” Mr Phiri said.
He said the Police however, recorded one case of arson in Namwala where unknown persons set ablaze a house destroying property worth K15, 000 in an inferno.
Meanwhile a Ndola business executive Humphrey Katapa 31, has committed suicide in Kalomo after he threw himself onto the moving truck on the Livingstone Lusaka road on Sunday.
The matter was reported to Kalomo Police Station by Mr Kabaso Mpangi of Ndola that his business partner Mr Katapa committed suicide after throwing himself onto a moving truck which was heading to Livingstone from Lusaka.
“This occurred on Sunday around 16:00 hours near Kalomo River and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Kalomo hospital. The reason was not known and the body was deposited in Kalomo hospital mortuary,” he said.
The police in Choma recorded an assault of occasioning actual bodily harm on Brenda Hamweene caused by her son Shabiya Kasamu while Maamba police station recorded an assault case where Oscar Siachisumo 30, was assaulted by a person only identified as Lawrence, as the other name was not known.