The United Nations (UN) in Zambia strongly condemns the recent killing of two political party supporters in Kanyama, Lusaka, as well as other incidents of political violence reported in the country in the run-up to general elections due on 12 August.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) suspended all manner of political campaigns for UPND in Kanyama Constituency after murdering a PF member. Police Deputy Inspector General Charity Katanga said thugs believed to be UPND cadres on Friday savagely and gruesmely murdered two PF supporters Danny Chingangu and Teddy other names not known, at the PF camp at Kanyama Ward 13 along Mbasela road within Kanyama Compound.
Four suspects identified as Francis Chabala aged 21, Samson Mumba aged 29, Namushi Chikunona (female) aged 24 and Geoffrey Chikoti age not known were arrested and detained in Police custody.
President Edgar Lungu allowed part of the Zambia Defence Force to join Zambia Police Service in the maintenance of law and order following the gruesome murder.
The Human Rights Commission condemned UPND for killing of two PF members.
In a statement today by United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lusaka, National Information Officer Mark Maseko, United Nations has ondemned political violence in Zambia.
The ongoing violence can pose a threat to the conduct of credible and peaceful elections and undermine core democratic values enshrined in the Constitution of Zambia.
“There is no justification to indulge in violence, kill or harm another person or destroy property to settle political differences in a multiparty democracy. Let us not forget that a democracy is a system of Government providing a framework for organized and continuous dialogue to resolve differences”, said UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia, Dr. Coumba Mar Gadio.
“The UN calls on all Zambian political leaders to publicly condemn any form of violence and instruct their supporters to abide by the electoral code of conduct and refrain from any violent acts and to pursue constructive dialogue and existing legal mechanisms to settle their differences, peacefully and amicably,” added Dr. Gadio.
The UN will continue monitoring the situation and engaging with the Government and people of Zambia to maintain and sustain peace which is essential for attaining the country’s development priorities.
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