THE Socialist Party says the government and the ruling party have a serious responsibility to ensure peace, ahead of this year’s elections.
Socialist Party (SP) president, Dr Fred M’membe, says the country is not headed for a battlefield.
In a statement, Dr M’membe says Zambia will not be a good place for anyone to live in, unless it is a good place for everyone to live in.
“The election campaigns we are entering should not be confused with a battlefield where the aim is to destroy the other,” Dr M’membe said.
“This is simply a competition to serve and not the annihilation of one another.”
He adds that to have peaceful, free and fair elections, certain conditions have to prevail in Zambia and in citizens’ hearts.
Dr M’membe says there ought to be a conducive atmosphere in the country.
“The major players have to agree on the conditions under which these elections would be held. The contestants have to conduct themselves in a manner that does not put others at unfair disadvantage,” he said.
“In the light of this, I make a special appeal to the government and to the ruling party to realise that they have a serious responsibility. As facilitators of the elections, they should ensure that the concerns of all key players are adequately addressed.”
Dr M’membe advises that people need to be open and constructive in participating in the electoral process and addressing the challenges they face.
He adds that the forthcoming electoral process will provide all Zambians with a unique opportunity to show their political maturity and their sincere aspirations for peace and harmony anchored in justice.
“The test of good leadership will not therefore be how many trees it pulls up by the roots but how it fits into a continuous process of adaptation in which leadership is combined with sensitivity to national mood,” said Dr M’membe.
“Everyone’s life in this country is inevitably mixed with every other life and, no matter what Constitution or laws we come up with, no matter what precautions we take, unless the people we meet are kindly and decent and human we going nowhere.”
©Kalemba April 13, 2021