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Political parties urged to nurture dialogue

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The Katete District Conflict Management Committee has urged political parties in the district to nurture and utilise dialogue as a means of resolving conflicts.

Speaking during the committee’s engagement with political parties, Committee Chairperson Thomas Phiri noted that a lot of electoral and political conflicts can be resolved through dialogue and respect for one other.

“Having dialogue and engaging each other we can achieve more. We should bear in mind that after elections, we will still be residents of Katete,” he said.

Rev Phiri was responding to questions raised by Suzyo Mthonga a representative for Micheal Banda an independent candidate under Mkaika Constituency and Peter Ndhlovu who was representing the Socialist Party.

Rev Phiri reminded political parties to realise that there would still be life after the elections, hence the need not to resort to violence.

He further urged the different political parties not to take the law into their own hands once provoked, but should either dialogue, report to the police or report to the conflict management committee.

“We know we are closer to the D-Day and tempers flare. We are against taking the law into your own hands, we want to maintain the same Katete even after elections,” he said.

He also urged the political parties to continue engaging the committee even after elections in case of any post electoral conflicts.

Earlier Suzyo Mthonga a representative for Micheal Banda, an independent candidate under Mkaika Constituency, wanted to find out if there are any measures that the Electoral Commission of Zambia has put in place that can help minimize the tearing down and removal of political party posters by rival political parties.

“Most of the times we put up the posters, you will find that people have removed them and sometimes these people are unknown,” he said.

Meanwhile, Peter Ndhlovu a representative for the Socialist Party raised a concern as to how long the conflict management committee stays in effect.

“There are cases where election results have been announced and people start to fight and insult each other over the results. So I want to know how long the committee stays in effect so that once these arise, it is easy to report,” he said.

Katete has not recorded any conflicts, as misunderstandings are being amicably resolved among political players.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Where were all these committees 3 years ago …you wait 7 days to elections you start talking I hope you are not getting free funding from donors

  2. I am getting tired of blogging with dunderheads on here
    Also there is no doubt LUSAKA TIMES IS VERY BIAS ..
    We have many partys yet 95 % lungu WHY ??
    Not acceptable at all

    • Yes because he is the only failure we have. Are the other Presidents stealing ZNBC to their exclusive use, it is 95% because the man put us in debt against our will and he is even tried to justify the unjustified, do you know that the rate of inflation, exchange rate, unemployment, price of mealie meal, police brutality including the killings of Mapenzi, Vespers, Kaunda, Frank is under him, so 95% must be about this very visible failure, don’t even moderate this coment, there is no lie in here

  3. What dialogue when the man in power is even shunning Presidential debates, its common knowledge that he would be a disaster, I don’t think he can articulate anything especially on the economy. Atleast he was honest to say he had no vision

  4. I laughed very loudly when I heard somebody say we still have some undecided voters, cant they see the damage, or it is those gullible ones who are made to believe that having a flying over bridge is development at the expense of putting food on some ones table

  5. I laughed very loudly when I heard somebody say we still have some undecided voters, cant they see the damage, or it is those gullible ones who are made to believe that having a flying over bridge is development at the expense of putting food on some ones table., By now everybody should be decided, we cant continue having such failure

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  6. The race is won already in the Spiritual realm. It is just the manifestation in the natural.
    Whether we fight and campaign God has already decided who is rule this nation.
    No one can change God’s plan.
    He is in control of everything

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