POLITICS is now a mafia-like cartel and death seems like a small price to pay and it will get worse as we approach 2021, says Musician Maiko Zulu.
Zulu said Zambians need to start reflecting on the political future of the country and whether they need murderers and bloodshed in leadership.
“We have said it before that leadership in Zambia is now a business where players will do anything, even kill to either stay in power or get into power. Gone are the days when leadership was a service and so it’s not surprising that a simple council by-election can become a bloody battle. Politics is now a mafia-like cartel and death seems like a small price to pay and it will get worse as we approach 2021,” he said.
“This is all about the selfishness and greed of politicians. But someone will have to pay for the innocent blood that they shed every day. Zambians need to start reflecting on the political future of the country and whether we need murderers and bloodshed in leadership.”
He said the two biggest political parties, PF and UPND, need to be put on the spotlight as the most violent parties and they have tarnished the political landscape of the country because of their desperation for power.
Zulu said leaders and supporters of the two parties ought to be ashamed of their acts of violence.
He said Zambia needs to look at alternative political players and perhaps more non-partisan or independent candidates who would respect life and national service.
“Meanwhile, the bigwigs in leadership are safe and have protection of money and the law while the youths are turned into attack dogs and killing machines. Stop sacrificing Zambians in the name of politics. SHAME ON YOU!” said Zulu in a posting on his Facebook page.
On Sunday, Western Province police commissioner Charles Lungu said a UPND supporter had been arrested for allegedly shooting and injuring PF cadres. The two camps clashed while campaigning ahead of Thursday’s Kaoma Town Council chairperson by-election.
“Two convoys from different directions met, the UPND convoy stopped and the cadres charged at PF supporters and in the process one person from the UPND camp got out of the vehicle, fired shots and injured two people,” said Lungu. “Others were beaten in the process and four are in hospital receiving treatment.”
But yesterday police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo issued a confusing statement on what transpired in Kaoma.
She said as Police Officers were attending a briefing at Kaoma Trades School organized by the Electoral Commission of Zambia, they received information from concerned citizens that there were some gunshots heard and immediately officers were dispatched to verify the information.
“It then came to the attention of the officers that supporters of the United Party for National Development (UPND) and those of the Patriotic Front had clashed in Site and Service area in Kaoma,” Katongo said. “When officers reached the scene, they found a man in his 40s laying on the ground in a pool of blood, with a ladies’ handbag by his side. Officers picked him and rushed him to Kaoma District Hospital for medical attention but later died in the process of evacuating him to UTH.
Initial investigations revealed that suspected UPND cadres who were on a UPND branded motor vehicle had attacked people believed to be Patriotic Front cadres who were in a white Toyota Hilux using stones which led to the one of the occupants identified as female Namataa Lubasi Brumo aged 51 of Yeta Compound also a District PF chairlady of Mongu to jump off the motor vehicle in an attempt to run to safety.”
She said it was reported that Namataa was followed by unknown suspected UPND cadre only identified by his nickname Gadhafi who gave chase and grabbed her hand bag but Namataa managed to run to safety.
“It is alleged that one occupant on a white Toyota Hilux pulled out a pistol and shot at Gadhafi who died in the process of evacuation to UTH. Another report was received in which Mbololwa Nayoya aged 51 of Mongu, a suspected member of the Patriotic Front also of Kapolota Village in Chief Mushemi of Senanga District was assaulted by suspected UPND members and sustained a deep cut on the left side of the head and general body pains as a plank is alleged to have been used in the act and in the same fracas a PF Toyota Hilux had its wind screen shattered,” Katongo said. “This occurred yesterday 06th October, 2019 at about 1100 hours when members of the Patriotic Front were issuing out some campaign material and some food stuffs to their members and this raised suspicions among the UPND who suspected them to have been buying votes. In the same fracas, a male adult identified as Joseph Muzaza of Mulambwa Compound in Kaoma believed to be a Patriotic Front cadre was also assaulted and sustained a deep cut on the left leg. No arrest has been made in this case however investigations have been instituted.”
She said in a separate incidence, two motor vehicles suspected to be carrying PF cadres were alleged to have been pursuing a UPND district youth chairperson for Kaoma identified as Chola Simwawa aged 38.
Katongo said Simwawa was riding a motor bike in Site and Service area.
“In the process of running to safety, he decided to run into someone’s yard and the motorbike hit into a tree and he fell to the ground. He is alleged to have pulled out a gun (pistol) and fired at the suspected Patriotic Front cadres reported to have been pursuing him and injured one identified as Gift Simangolwa who sustained a bullet wound on the right thigh and right arm. He has been evacuated to UTH,” said Katongo. “Chola Simwawa is currently detained in police custody and a pistol with three rounds of ammunition [was] recovered. Investigations in this matter have continued to bring all perpetrators of the violence to book. Calm has returned in Kaoma as patrols have been intensified in all hotspots.”