Letter to the Editor

Violence is counterproductive

Dear editor,
I wish to condemn the mayhem that took place at the Supreme Court premises on Thursday December 15, 2016, orchestrated by cadres of the United Party for National Development (UPND).
This was during court proceeding of the petition case of the UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema, and his vice-president, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, popularly known as GBM. The UPND leader petitioned the re-election of President Lungu in the August 11, 2016 general elections.
The leader of the major opposition party alleged that President Lungu was not legitimately elected.
When the judges adjourned the case, this angered the UPND cadres and they resorted to running battle with the law enforcers, the policemen at the Court grounds. In the process, window panes of the Court buildings were broken through stoning.
Other than that, some private vehicles were damaged as a consequence.
The action by the UPND cadres was not good because violence is counterproductive in any democratic nation.
Worse still, UPND has revolved around political violence as evidenced by some pockets of violence before, during and after the August 11, 2016 polls.
Regarding the violence which occurred last Thursday, some cadres found themselves on the wrong side of the law; they were arrested for their wrong acts.
For good intents and purposes, the behaviour of the UPND cadres at the court grounds should be condemned by all well-meaning Zambians.
The culprits should be brought to book and punished accordingly.
Zambia is known as a haven of peace and violence has no place in our country.
ELEMIYA PHIRI
Lusaka

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