Lungu issues zero tolerance for violence


PRESIDENT Lungu has said no one agitating violence ahead of the August 11 elections will be spared regardless of which political party they belong to.
He warned perpetrators of political violence that they will face the law and will be dealt with sternly.
“Let me warn those that think just because they are in the opposition they will be spared when they engage in violence. If you bring violence whether you are Patriotic Front or United Party for National Development, you will be arrested,” he said.
He was addressing residents of Kanzwa in Itezhi-Tezhi district after commissioning a hydropower station.
President Lungu said people should learn to co-exist even when they have divergent political views.
He said that without peace in the country, it would be difficult to foster national development because everything becomes chaotic.
President Lungu said that those that want to involve themselves in violence should know that they will suffer alone and not their parties, but that their families will be affected.
He said that he is willing to work with anyone who means well and urged the women and the youth to come forward and be part of the development process.
President Lungu urged youths to desist from being used by politicians for violent acts because the politicians themselves are friends outside politics.
He said that those who don’t want to work with him should pave way so that he continues to bring development to the country.
President Lungu urged traditional leaders to go out and spread the non-violence news ahead of the August elections so that the country remains peaceful.
He urged PF members to ensure that they attract others to the party so that they continue to win elections.
President Lungu said that in a democracy like Zambia, everyone is free to belong to any political party, but that that does not mean that people cannot co-exist.
He assured the people of Kanzwa that anyone who would disturbs their peace will be arrested and face the law.
President Lungu urged the people of Itezhi-Tezhi to support their member of Parliament Greyford Moonde even if he proposes to be adopted by the PF.

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