POLITCS should not create a big divide among opposing party youths, says UPND National Youth Vice Chairman Gilbert Liswaniso.
Liswaniso says youths from the UPND and the PF should start to coexist now to create an enabling ground for peaceful political and democratic processes.
He said there was need to grow and nurture tolerance among all the political players in Zambia.
“We can all coexist as political opponents without physical engagement and I take Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s words as my own especially in his reference to the ‘struggle to liberate the mind’ because that is what we the young people of Zambia need most today,” he said in an interview.
“Before the violence reaches alarming levels and engulfs the nation, we ask the new PF national youth chairperson, Kelvin Sampa, to take heed of Malema’s words and act appropriately. What young people need is “a liberated mind” and a better future.”
Liswaniso said the enemy in Zambia was poverty, which every youth must stand up against.
“It is heartbreaking to see young people in PF view those of us in the UPND as sworn enemies. We are not the enemy, poverty is what we all don’t want and it is only wise for us all to exert our energies towards that fight,” Liswaniso said.
“Unless our colleagues emancipate their collective mind from being used as tools of political violence, the most recent attack on Minister of Justice, Given Lubinda, is but a tip of an iceberg which needs to be cautiously dealt with.”
Liswaniso added that the UPND “believe that education is the best equaliser and a liberated mind is most important for the development and future well-being of Zambia. We need to work towards creating a safe and conducive political arena now so that we can all exercise our affiliations without fear of being harmed by the other.”
Liswaniso threw a challenge to Sampa to help bring about harmony among youths from the opposing camps.
“Being a parliamentarian, we trust that Hon Sampa shall take the PF youths on a new trajectory of peace and “struggle to liberate the mind” unlike following the old destructive path of insults and violence. As UPND youths, we can no longer allow the good laws of our land to be violated,” said Liswaniso.