By Bright Chikele:
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu Wrote:
MY heart is heavy. I first and foremost want to express my deepest sorrow to the family and friends of those who lost a life and were injured in the violence today.
50 years ago we fought hard to bring independence, peace and democracy to our nation.
For 50 years our nation has lived with peace, stability and freedom.
There is no place for this type of violence in our society. I take a firm stance against any sort of violence in our democracy.
Zambians know the kind of leader that I am, and that I am a man of faith that walks with God.
I live my life and lead this country with Christian values.
In a Christian nation our brother and sisters can never turn to this sort of violence.
We cannot let ourselves be led into a crisis by those who wish to instill fear into the hearts of many in hopes of gaining power and control.
We are a blessed nation and cannot afford to lose order and take steps back in the progress we have made. I feel for mother Zambia.
I pray for peace for all my people, across all provinces.
The people of Zambia shall know peace and this shall not escalate further. We will not be led by fear.
I call for unity, and end to the violence.
Police will take stern action against anyone perpetrating to this violence.
I have faith that the lines of inquiry police have opened will lead to arrest of the culprits.