Zambian leader rues increased violence ahead of polls

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Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday expressed concerns over the increased levels of violence being witnessed during the campaigns ahead of this year’s general elections.

The Zambian leader said all players in the political arena needed to take responsibility and ensure that campaigns were carried out in a peaceful atmosphere.

“I always get concerned when I hear reports of political violence among our citizens. We must always remember that whenever political violence occurs, there are no victors, only victims,” he said on his Facebook page.

The Zambian leader said the peace and unity the country has built over the years was precious to be lost over the quest for political power, pledging that he will always stand for peace and won’t allow the country to generate into chaos due to violence witnessed in different parts of the country.

The country has witnessed pockets of violence in different parts of the country especially between supporters of the governing Patriotic Front and the main opposition United Party for National Development.

Pictures posted on various social media platforms have shown bloody clashes between the two supporters with unconfirmed reports indicating killings.
Zambia will go to the polls on Aug. 12. Enditem

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