President of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Felix Mutati is appalled at the escalating levels of violence in some parts of the country.
Mr. Mutati said that following the recently held general elections in which Edgar Chagwa Lungu was re – elected as Republican President, there has been a spate of violence and inconceivable damage to public and private infrastructure and property.
The MMD leader said Zambia had enjoyed a peaceful co – existence among its seventy-three ethnic groups under the unifying theme of “One Zambia, One Nation” and that the country had conducted peaceful elections which were characterized by smooth transition of power thereby attracting the envy of not only African compatriots, but the entire world at large.
Mr. Mutati said that Zambians cannot afford to sink so low as to resort to acts of arson and willful damage to property and human life. He implored every Zambian to maintain peace at every level.
“Engaging in criminal activities has never been and cannot be a justifiable way of expressing one’s dissatisfaction. As a peace – loving people and as responsible leaders, let us allow our institutions and structures of governance to work independently to resolve the prevailing situation”, he said.
Meanwhile the Human Rights Commission Chief of Information, Education and Training of human rights Mweelwa Muleya has called for an immediate halt to post-elections violence and destruction of private and public properties, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
In a statement made available to the media, Mr. Muleya said the act has endangered Zambia’s peace, law and order and it is an infringement on fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals.
He expressed displeasure regarding the post-elections violence which in some cases has resulted into certain individuals suffering physical and emotional injuries.
Mr. Muleya has since implored Zambians to ensure that peace and love is fortified in the country and urged the citizenry to realize that peace lost is not easily regained.
He added that Zambia is known as a beacon of peace in the continent of Africa and has always been practicing admired hospitality.
Mr. Muleya has also urged the media to restrain from actions, utterances or presentations that has the potential to incite ethnic animosity, hatred among Zambian.
He explained that any utterance that may demonize or stigmatize people that belong to different groups is defined as a form of violence and that is crime against humanity under the international law.
Mr. Muleya has however commended the Zambia Police Service for being swiftly in bringing the suspected perpetrators of violence to book and hope that the due process of the law will be strictly followed for justice to be done.
“The Human Rights Commission calls for an immediate stop to post-elections violence and destruction of private and public properties because they are endangering Zambia’s peace, law and order and are infringing on fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals” he said.