CHIEF Moyo says lack of civic education among Zambians on how leaders should be chosen peacefully is the major source of political tension in the country.
In an interview, chief Moyo of Pemba district said Zambians needed to be taught that voting for leaders depended on their leadership qualities and vision outlined in their manifesto and not through violence.
“… unlike the current case where innocent citizens end up being victims. Lack of civic education among Zambians on how leaders should be chosen peacefully and not through violence is the major source of political tension in the country, especially during elections,” chief Moyo said.
The traditional leader observed that peace was lacking in Zambia to give freedom to the electorates so that they could exercise their constitutional right to choose leaders they desired.
Chief Moyo urged Zambians to wake up and “stop following foolish leaders who are sacrificing you in violence for their sake and instead teach them lessons in the ballot”.
He said there was no pride in elections that were held in a violent atmosphere because the will of democracy cannot be exercised in such an environment.
“Politicians should know that we all share humanity, whether you are a president or not, hence the need to treat each other nicely. The system of using political power and positions to mistreat others must end because we are one people sharing same humanity,” chief Moyo said.
He said Zambians must know that peace could not bought but only attained through loving one another regardless of their situation or status in society.
He advised those in leadership positions to lead according to the commandment “love your neighbour as you love yourself”.
And chief Moyo has urged the media in the country to project the image of peace in their reporting so as to encourage all citizens to live together as one.
Chief Moyo said there was need for Zambians to lead a life of genuine love, peace and harmony.