By SIMON MUNTEMBA
ZAMBIANS must reject political violence during the official campaign period, the Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has advised.
SACCORD executive director, Boniface Cheembe, urged the electorate to reject politicians promoting violence.
He challenged political players to market and sell their manifestos to the electorate without engaging in violence.
“We appeal and urge our electorate to be receptive to an issue-based campaign period that is premised on political party manifestos and the constructive exchange of ideas whilst wholly rejecting political violence promoted by any individual or political parties,” Mr Cheembe said.
Mr Chembe said it was incumbent upon all political parties to prevail over their cadres or supporters to refrain from engaging in violence and violent communication.
He called upon all political parties and leaders to respect the electoral laws and follow the health preventive measures religiously as they would assist with the maintenance of peace and stability in the country.
Mr Cheembe further appealed to all stakeholders in the electoral process to respect the different roles played by different stakeholders as lack of respect contributed to violence.
He also appealed for fairness in the media coverage of political stakeholders.
“SACCORD wishes all political parties and candidates the very best in their endeavours to undertake a peaceful campaign period that values and priorities the needs of the people through a constructive communication process premised on ideas and not violence,” he said.