Senior Chief Mwata Kazembe of the Lunda speaking people of Mwansabombwe district in Luapula province, has called for a peaceful campaign ahead of the Mwansabombwe parliamentary by election.
ZANIS reports that speaking when President Edgar Lungu called on him at his palace, the traditional leader, said he wants to see a peaceful campaign during the political crusades leading up to the elections.
He said all the five participating political parties should ensure they conduct campaigns devoid of violence.
He stressed that Mwansabombwe should set an example to the rest of the country that violent free campaigns are possible during elections.
He pointed out that the people of Mwansabombwe are one and the same such that there is no need for them to be divided because of elections.
“I prefer to have a one party state system which does not tolerate violence amongst the people,” he suggested.
And President Lungu says he will continue to preach peace across the country to ensure political violence is eradicated.
The President said violence is not the solution to different political opinions but dialogue.
“It is important to dialogue whenever there is a misunderstanding as opposed to engaging in violent acts,” President Lungu stated.
The Head of State hailed the traditional leaders for their role in the governance system of the country.
“My government considers traditional leaders as key partners of government,” he stressed.
President Lungu said his visit to Mwansabombwe was to garner support for his party’s candidate in the by elections.
“But My administration will work with whoever the people of Mwansabombwe elects,” he said.
President Lungu is in Mwansabombwe to drum up support for the PF candidate Kabaso Kampampi.
The by election is being contested by 5 political parties that include the PF, UPND, Leadership Movement, NAREP and the United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia.