Chipimo condemns violence in Mufumbwe

The National Restoration Party (NAREP) has condemned the recent violence that has characterized the Mufumbwe by-elections campaigns in North Western province.
NAREP president Elias Chipimo Junior in a statement released to QFM today says his believes that if there was genuine political will at all levels to curb and eradicate violence from the political process, there would be an end to sad developments like the incident in which Zambezi West Member of Parliament, Charles Kakoma was attacked, by suspected MMD cadres.
Mr Chipimo says it is deplorable that forty-five years after independence politicians can remain unacceptably silent when their followers are accused of perpetrating violence of any sort.
He adds that if reports that the violence in Mufumbwe is being carried out by cadres who have been ferried from the Copperbelt and Lusaka are accurate, this raises a very troubling concern about the future of the youth and how they continue to be used by politicians to achieve their selfish aims.
He says youths should be inspired and empowered with opportunities for training jobs rather than being used for violence.
Mr Chipimo has demanded that political parties participating in the by-election avoid violence at all costs; stressing that violence is a clear sign of the failure to reason.
He says his party believes that only constructive dialogue,promoted by selfless and value-based leadership will redeem Zambia from the appalling state that it is currently in.
Mr Chipimo has further urge the police to leave no stone unturned in their quest to find and arrest the culprits who are perpetrating the violence regardless of which political party they belong to.
He says it is unacceptable in a democracy like Zambia that cadres can behave in such a fashion, adding that the electoral process should not be an issue of life and death.
He has since called for the need for a national engagement for political parties and other stakeholders to reach a consensus on how violence in politics will be eradicated.

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