THERE is no place for violence in Zambia and Police should take stern action against perpetrators of the vice which has resulted in the unnecessary loss of a life, President Edgar Lungu has said.
He said Zambia should continue to be peaceful and enjoy the independence and freedoms fought for and attained by our forefathers over 50 years ago.
President Lungu was reacting to the loss of life in a political fracas involving UNPD cadres who clashed with police in an unauthorised procession to Chawama in Lusaka.
“First and foremost, I would like to express my deepest sorrow to the family and friends of those who lost a life and were injured in the violence today.
“Fifty years ago, we fought hard to bring independence, peace and democracy to our nation. For 50 years, our nation has lived in peace, stability and freedom. There is no place for this type of violence in our society,” he said.
As a Christian, President Lungu said, he stood on firm grounds to denounce any form of violence especially in this election campaign period leading to the August 11, 2016 general elections.
He called for brotherly love among all Zambians to prevail before politics and regionalism.
President Lungu said Zambians were a Christian nation and would never allow to be turned into a violent people.
He said everybody knew him as a leader of faith that walks with God, who leads the country with Christian values.
President Lungu called for continued prayers so that Zambia must not fall “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 pray for peace for all my people, across all provinces. The people of Zambia shall know peace and this shall not escalate further,” he said.