By Bright Chikele:
GENERAL Malimba Masheke says shedding blood does not make one a victor in politics.
On July 8, police in Lusaka fired live ammunition at opposition UPND supporters who were marching to Chawama, protesting the annulment of their political rally at which they expected to be addressed by party presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema.
One of the UPND supporters, Mapenzi Chibulo, was shot in the head and died on the spot while others sustained serious bullet wounds.
On Thursday, senior chief Bright Nalubamba of the Ila people of Namwala district told The Post that Dr Kenneth Kaunda must help to stop the bloodshed by facilitating a meeting between President Edgar Lungu and Hichilema. Echoing senior chief Nalubamba’s sentiments, Gen Masheke, chairman of the Universal Peace Federation, said whoever would emerge victorious in the August 11 general polls should not do so on the back of citizens’ blood.
“I agree with chief Bright Nalubamba; there is no need for this bloodshed we are seeing. There is no need for you to kill the people and then hope to win. After winning, there will be nothing but to regret [about] those people you killed,” Gen Masheke said in an interview.
“So, what I can say is that shedding blood doesn’t make anyone a victor in politics. You are only a victor if you win on the vision of what you are going to do. No one should force matters to win by resorting to violence; that is not going to help the country.”
And Gen Masheke, who served as prime minister in the UNIP government, noted that Zambia had now recorded unparalleled political violence in its five-decade existence.
“This is the first time we are having this kind of violence since independence. If there is anybody who can help in curbing this political violence, including the first leader of Zambia, Dr Kaunda, they should come forward,” said Gen Masheke.