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Am lone voice against violence

PRESIDENT Lungu and First Lady Esther lead Zambians in national prayers for peace at the show grounds in Lusaka recently. PICTURE: THOMAS NSAMA/ STATE HOUSE.

YANDE SYAMPEYO ,Chipata

WITH sporadic incidents of violent campaigns in some parts of the country, President Edgar Lungu is concerned that only he and a few other stakeholders are preaching against the vice. And the head of State is worried about the increasing cases of COVID-19, which he largely attributes to complacency among citizens and politicisation of the disease. It is his desire for political party leaders to speak with one voice against violence to curb the vice. President Lungu’s heart bleeds to see citizens fight over elections, which are seasonal events. The head of State said Zambians should avoid bloodshed because the vice can have devastating effects on the economy. He said this here yesterday when he featured on a live programme on Breeze FM, which was broadcast on nine other radio stations across Eastern Province. “Yesterday [Thursday], I saw some pictures on social media which were very annoying…burning vehicles, beating up of people in full view of one opposition leader. “Zambians want peace, they can’t vote for such a guy. Zambians cannot vote for a person wamene abamenya [can’t vote for person who beats them],” he said. The President said Zambians want peace and that the Patriotic Front (PF) is preaching it. United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres on Thursday attacked Patriotic Front members when the former were conducting a roadshow in Lusaka. UPND cadres also raided CLICK TO READ MORE



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