Veteran politician Sikota Wina has called on political parties participating in July 26th Lusaka mayoral and district council chairperson elections to refrain from engaging in acts of violence.
Mr. Wina has expressed concern that if not controlled, the current spate of violence among political parties will impact negatively on the country’s economic agenda.
He told journalists in an interview in Lusaka today that there was need for political tolerance and respect for divergent views among politicians.
He explained that political party leaders should come out in the open and condemned their cadres who are engaging in political violence.
Mr. Wina has further advised political parties to instead focus on grassroots mobilisation and win more support.
He has meanwhile called on Zambians to remain peaceful and embrace unity for the betterment of the country.
Lusaka has recorded some pockets of political violence in the run up to the Lusaka mayoral by-election slated for July 26, 2018.
Yesterday, President Edgar Lungu directed the police command to firmly deal with anyone who will be found perpetuating violence regardless of their political affiliation.