By SIMON MUNTEMBA
THE gesture of co-existence shown by the ruling party during its general conference at the weekend should be replicated during the August 12 general elections campaigns to ensure peace prevails, New Hope MMD president, Nevers Mumba has said.
Dr Mumba who hailed the Patriotic Front (PF) for embracing other political parties by inviting them to its elective general conference has called for co-existence among political players. He said the peaceful manner in which the PF conducted its conference when it invited opposition political party leaders should be replicated during campaigns to ensure that Zambians coexist across the political divide.
“We noticed that the ruling PF invited several political parties to their event, our prayer is that that kind of attitude should be extended beyond that invitation to ensuring that the comradely and spirit of common cause for our people is extended to the elections where when in the fields we are not going to be enemies, killing each other, shooting each other. “The same kind of attitude that we saw in that conference must be replicated in the field that every candidate must have freedom to campaign without being attacked or killed even if they are not in the ruling party,” Dr Mumba said.
Last weekend, in a rare show of solidarity, more than 10 opposition political party leaders attended the PF elective general conference, with NDC president Chishimba Kambwili emphasising on the need for Zambians to vote wisely to avoid putting the country in wrong hands.