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‘Stop those death threats’

SOUTHERN Africa Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) executive director Boniface Cheembe says the United Party for National Development (UPND) must not use threats against people they feel aggrieved with but must engage in dialogue.
Mr Cheembe said there is need for both the opposition and the State to co-exist in the interest of peace, unity and love.
He was responding to questions yesterday in Lusaka after presenting the civil society organisations’ stance on whether Zambia should remain or cease to be a member of the ICC. They submitted that Zambia should remain a member of the ICC.
“We appeal to the UPND to hold on to their threats and instead engage in constructive dialogue with the State on this matter of treason,” he said.
Mr Cheembe said there is need for mutual respect between the State and the opposition.
Meanwhile, PF deputy secretary-general Mumbi Phiri said she is not afraid of the death threats from suspected UPND sympathisers because her life is in God’s hands.
Ms Phiri said as a devout Christian, she will surrender all those threatening her life to God.
She said this yesterday when over 100 PF youths held a solidary march to her house to console her over the death threats.
“I proclaim the blood of Jesus and I will not die until God says it is over,” Ms Phiri said and thanked the youths for their support.
Lusaka Province PF youth chairman Kennedy Kamba said political parties, especially the UPND, must take a leaf from President Lungu whose style of politics is to uphold the rule of law.
Mr Kamba said in an interview that late President Michael Sata lost elections more than twice but he never incited Zambians to rise against anyone.
“Zambians cannot be swayed anymore, they are politically enlightened and know what is best for this nation. No amount of politicking can sway them from knowing what is right for the nation,” Mr Kamba said.
And PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya said Zambians must take time to listen and watch the actions of UPND cadres.
He said politics is about mobilisation and not causing mayhem and threatening the peace of the nation.
“President Lungu has demonstrated to all of us what politics is all about. It is about improving people’s lives, bringing development and being a servant of the people,” he said.
On Tuesday, special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda revealed that he and Ms Phiri, Inspector-General of Police Kakoma Kanganja and special assistant to the President for politics Kaiza Zulu received death threats.
The matter has since been reported to police.

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