10 November 2012

Zambia: Vice President Condemns Rufunsa Violence

VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott has implored various political leaders in Zambia to educate their cadres on the need to uphold peace and desist from campaigns of violence.

Dr Scott said political violence should be condemned by all Zambians and that cadres from various political parties who engaged themselves in acts of violence should be dealt with accordingly.

The Vice-President said this in response to MMD Chembe Member of Parliament (MP), Mwansa Mbulakulima during the 'Vice-President's Question Time' in Parliament yesterday.

Mr Mbulakulima had asked Dr Scott on the violence in which a Patriotic Front (PF) cadre died while two others were injured when political rivalry erupted during a local government by-election in Rufunsa on Thursday.

Dr Scott told the House that police should ensure that cadres who engaged themselves in violence each time there was a political event were arrested.

And concerned stakeholders have called on the Zambia police to get down to the case in which the PF member was killed.

Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) national youth chairperson, Antonio Mwanza described the death of Crispin Zulu as a tragedy and unacceptable in a democratic State.

Mr Mwanza said in an interview yesterday that elections were not about life and death, but a measure for people to choose leaders of their choice.

He said the violence should not continue as next time it would be two, then three and thereafter generate into a civil strife.

United Party for National Development (UPND) secretary-general, Winston Chibwe said the death of a person in such as manner whether from his party or any other political party was regrettable and should not be tolerated.

Mr Chibwe said the circumstances in which Mr Zulu died should be thoroughly investigated.

He said politicians should be civil whenever they were conducting campaigns for elections.

MMD deputy spokesperson, Chembe Nyangu said the party had not yet received full details of what transpired in Rufunsa.

And PF Copperbelt provincial youth Chairperson Menyani Zulu said the killing of the cadre was unfortunate and uncalled for.

Mr Zulu told the Times in an interview from Mufumbwe that it was primitive for the UPND and the MMD to resort to killing people during elections.

University of Zambia (UNZA) political scientist, Alex Ng'oma said in democracy violence was not part of the game and that people should look to the police when they were aggrieved and not to take the law in their own hands.

Dr Ng'oma said justice should prevail in this matter and police should investigate the matter thoroughly and bring the culprits to book.

Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) executive director, Macdonald Chipenzi said politicians should compete with ideas, programmes and opinion rather than muscles.

Police Spokesperson, Elizabath Kanjela said investigations in the killing of the cadre were still going on and no arrests had been made.

Meanwhile, Dr Scott has urged councils to take proactive measures by cleaning streets to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera in view of the onset of the rainy season.

Dr Scott who was responding to MMD Lumezi MP, Isaac Banda, who wanted know what Government was doing to remove dirt from the streets, said the local authorities should continue to clean the streets.

UPND Mapatizya MP Clive Miyanda asked if Government would consider engaging other banks to pay farmers for their maize sold to Food Reserve Agency and in response Dr Scott said the Government would do that in the near future.

Lubanseshi Independent MP, Patrick Mucheleka asked why Government had threatened to withdraw developmental funds had the PF lost the Mufumbwe by-election. Dr Scott refuted the claims and said Government would not discriminate in delivery of development.

Dr Scott appealed to Zambians to be patient and allow Government to scrutinise reports of some of the commissions of inquiry submitted to President Michael Sata recently.

He was responding to UPND Monze MP Jack Mwiimbu who asked Dr Scott why Government could not release reports from various commissions of inquiry that were submitted to President Sata.

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