By Bright Chikele:
THE Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) has commended President Lungu on the call for prayers before August 11, 2016.
ZCSD executive director Lewis Mwape said in a statement to Mwebantu that the call for prayers is necessary considering the deteriorating political environment.
“We are hopeful that all stakeholders will be willing to take party and shake hands with each other as a way of demonstrating that Zambia is not going for war but for elections to merely elect leaders to govern the country, “He said
Mr Mwape said President Lungu’s call must follow with practical actions to end political violence that has intruded the Zambian society at all levels.
He appealed to the Councils to fully repossess markets and bus stations across the country from political cadres and ensure that police take vigil of public places infested by political cadres.
Mr Mwape denounced unfair media coverage mainly by the public media institutions and encourages the private media to follow suit.
“Unfair media coverage has created hatred among the public with divergent views and this has contributed to violence, ”Mr Mwape said.
He urged the police service to undertake its mandate justly and protect the lives of all citizens regardless of one’s political affiliation before some members of the public take the law in their hands and defend rights being deprived by biased state institutions.
Mr Mwape said ,”the Head of State is a principal actor in ending current political violence and he could do better to go beyond pronouncements made on the rallies or during courtesy calls but also to act decisively and call to action both state and non-state agencies”.