Oasis Forum concerned with increasing political violence

The Oasis Forum has expressed deep concern at the increasing incidents of politically motivated violence in the run-up towards the 11th August General Elections.
And the Oasis Forum has questioned the conduct of the Zambia Police for continued failure to discharge their statutory functions and to act impartially in maintaining law and order.
Oasis Forum Chairperson Fr Cleopus Lungu has noted that the resolutions of the indaba on political violence that was held on 29th March 2016 have been thrown to the wind adding that the wise counsel of the Church and other stakeholders in the governance of the country has not been heeded by the authorities responsible for maintaining law and order.
He observed that the incidences of political violence was symptomatic of a serious breakdown of law and order in the country and was a threat not only to the holding of free and fair elections, as expected in August this year, but also the very existence of Zambia as a sovereign state which has enjoyed relative peace for over 50 years.
And Fr Lungu has questioned the conduct of the Zambia Police for continued failure to discharge their statutory functions and to act impartially in maintaining law and order.
He said the Oasis Forum has made repeated calls to the Zambia Police and other law enforcement agencies to act decisively and bring all perpetrators of violence to justice as a way of preserving peace in the country.
Fr Lungu expressed shock at the apparent impotence of the police when the unruly cadres from the ruling party take the law in their own hands and commit abominable acts in their face and yet the same police apply excessive force when confronting opposition members.
Outgoing President Edgar Lungu has elected to be mute in the face of serious violent attacks on the opposition by his PF militia.
The Oasis Forum is composed of the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), the Non Governmental Coordinating Council (NGOCC) and the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC).

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