…Democracy is a battle of ideas…

PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu yesterday expressed extreme sadness at the death of two Lusaka residents who were mercilessly killed in political violence.

Disheartened, President Lungu said he was not saddened because the two who had been killed in a barberic manner were members of the Patriotic Front but because as father of the nation he had lost two Zambian citizens.

“The events in Kanyama where two of our members were allegedly killed in political violence makes me very sad.

I’m sad not because the victims were members of my party, but because they were Zambians who didn’t deserve to die in that manner,” President Lungu stated.

President reminded that democracy is a battle of ideas and called on political players to exercise maximum restraint, even under provocation.

“People die for political freedom, just like our forefathers did in order to win us freedom from our colonizers, but no-one should die for exercising their democratic freedom.

We should not allow what happened in Kanyama to be repeated anywhere else in our country. We cannot shed any more blood.

I expect all political players to exercise maximum restraint, even under provocation and allow the law to take its course,” President Lungu said.

Meanwhile, in order to help curb political violence President Lungu as Commander in Chief of the Armed forces has instructed Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force and Zambia National Service to help the Zambia Police in dealing with the security situation.

However, silence has befallen on most stakeholders who have been called upon to condemn the violence start with the main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who instead of apprehending his cadres for the barbaric act has questioned the professionalism of the defense wing.

“…I urge citizens across the country to remain calm and confident that our men and women in uniform will carry out their duties with the utmost diligence, dedication and impartiality, to allow for free, fair and transparent elections in the coming days…” Hichilema said.

“In the same vein, I urge the Armed Forces that will be deployed, to deliver fairness and justice in the way they will perform their duties amongst their civilian compatriots.”


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