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Socialist Party President condemns UPND violence as barbarism, warns against using violence as a political strategy in multiparty dispensation

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The recent violence on Youth Day in Kitwe, where UPND supporters attacked PF youths, has been condemned by Fred M’membe, the President of the Socialist Party. In his statement, M’membe emphasized that violence has no place in politics and should never be deployed as a political strategy or tactic.

M’membe stated, “The violence of the UPND against PF youths on Youth Day in Kitwe is barbarism that should not be tolerated by us all. It is important that the UPND, as the governing party, lead in condemning and punishing those behind the violence. We must remember that in a multiparty political dispensation, violence should never be used as a political strategy or tactic.”

M’membe also criticized the police for failing to make any arrests, stating that if the violence had been perpetrated by the PF against the UPND, arrests would have already been made. “This is what happens when you have a police force that is led by officers who are predominantly from one region of our country and are supporters or sympathizers of the ruling party,” he added.

He further warned that the UPND’s violent behavior could worsen as its political support diminishes, and that Zambians generally do not approve of violence. “In a multiparty political dispensation, we must respect the views and rights of others and tolerate differences. Violence should never be used as a political strategy or tactic,” he stated.

M’membe’s statement serves as a timely reminder to all political parties that violence has no place in a democratic system. He urged all parties to refrain from using violent methods to achieve their objectives and instead to respect the views and rights of others while adhering to the law.

“In a democratic system, there will always be differences of opinion and political affiliations. However, we must remember that we are all Zambians, and we must learn to tolerate and respect each other. Violence only leads to destruction and chaos, and it is never a solution,” he concluded.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Spot on Fred.
    Most key institutions are being filled with people from carefully selected regions, but especially one particular one.

    As for violent caderism, it’s still alive. I have lost some assets I laboured to gain because caders are keen to grab. No action from police despite desperate attempts to seek intervention lol. Anyway…

    • It’s very true that UPND has violence as a political strategy. HH is inciting violence by speeches that he spices with violent antagonistic language.As I have explained elsewhere words like ukutumpa are volatile meant to incite violence

  2. The people who attacked the Kwacha clinic and destroyed property were pretentiously arrested and are back on the streets intimidating people who don’t support Upnd. Dr Mmembe please take interest in this case. There’s no Zambia police but formerly PF police which now is Upnd police.

  3. MEMBE SHOULDN’T RUN AWAY FROM THE TRUTH AS HE RAN AWAY FROM PAYING TAXES. THE TRUTH IS THAT THE PF IN COLLABORATION WITH SOME CORRUPT ENTITIES HAVE PLANNED A SERIES OF EVENTS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY HIRED CORRUPTED GROUPS IN ORDER TO RAISE FAKE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HH AND THE NEW DAWN AT LARGE. SOME HAVE ALREADY BEEN DONE EG HOMOSEXUAL MATCH , UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLIES, ATTEMPTS TO DISTURB NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS

  4. Last paragraph:- “We must learn to tolerate & respect each other”. Indeed. But, I think, ‘toleration’ is a choice a begrudging person makes to cope with what he/she doesn’t like. In a ‘Human Rights’ perspective, there cannot be any leeway or choices. Individuals who are prone to self-entitlement, must be compelled to understand that the Human Rights they belief are unquestionably theirs, apply to the other side too. People shouldn’t have to be tolerated. Observe their human rights instead.

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