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.