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Kaoma violence is very disturbing – M’membe

THE Socialist Party says the political violence in Kaoma which left one person dead “is very disturbing, annoying.”

Kaoma residents yesterday voted to replace Bindundu Mutti as council chairperson following his resignation from the UPND.

The campaigns for the seat brought with them violence resulting in the death of a UPND supporter who was shot dead by members of the PF, according to Zambia Police.

Four more people were injured.

In a statement yesterday, Socialist Party president Dr Fred M’membe said no life was worth a council chairperson’s election, adding that “Life is sacred.”

Dr M’membe, on behalf of the Central Committee of the Socialist Party, said it was necessary to continually remind “ourselves that politics must be for the good of the country, and not for the political survival of any individual or party.”

“If that spirit of the primacy of the common good were to animate all the political parties, we would not witness the violence, killings which leaves the public dismayed and disheartened,” he said.

Dr M’membe explained that the quality of democracy was determined by the establishment of proper structures and more just, fair and humane practices which facilitate freedom of thought, expression, association and assembly.

“As we approach the 2021 elections, we must start to express concern regarding the frequent instances of intolerance, intimidation, violence and lust for power,” he said.

Dr M’membe said in the present atmosphere of fierce competition and character assassination, “we remind the nation of the noble goals of political activity.”

He said politics should aim at promoting the common good and not intolerance, violence and killings.

“Political discourse should concentrate on programmes to improve the life of the nation rather than on intolerance, violence and killings,” he said.

He urged politicians to look for the common good of all the people and enter into sincere dialogue with opponents, even in cases of political divergence.

Dr M’membe said violence must be avoided because the electoral campaign should not be confused with a battlefield where the aim was to destroy the other.

“Real political victory lies on the ideals proposed, on the ethical values of candidates, on the respect for the freedom of choice of all citizens, and not on any form of moral pressure or intimidation of political opponents or voters,” said Dr M’membe.

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