KK calls for peaceful elections


FORMER President Kenneth Kaunda has called for peace among Zambians and political parties before, during and after the August 11 general elections.
Dr Kaunda (above) said recent incidences of political violence are worrying.
“There are serious concerns that the August 11 elections should be held in a peaceful atmosphere. There is need for everyone to avoid violence,” he said.
He was speaking on Thursday during the official launch of the Pillars of Peace, a non-governmental organisation which has been formed to nurture peace in the country.
Dr Kaunda said the maintenance of peace in the country is everyone’s responsibility.
He said that Zambia’s political stability is as a result of hard work by the founding fathers of the nation who fought hard to earn one common goal.
Dr Kaunda said that there is need to initiate programmes that are aimed at combating conflicts in the country.
He also said the struggle to attain peace and stability in the country should involve active participation of people from different backgrounds
Dr Kaunda, who is patron of Pillars of Peace, said that it should also be noted that promoters of peace usually come from different places.
And chairperson of Pillars of Peace Lombe Chibesakunda urged the people of Zambia not to take peace for granted.
“The recent events happening are a wake-up call for us. We should know that it is that vote that dictates who leads Zambia and not pangas,” she said.
Justice Chibesakunda said Zambians should say no to political violence even when they are coerced to do so through bribery.
Justice Chibesakunda appealed to youths to say no to violence because they are the most vulnerable.
She also said the church and traditional leaders should be in the forefront denouncing violence.
Justice Chibesakunda also said that political leaders have a bigger role to play in restraining cadres from acts of violence.

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