Zambian leader Lungu calls for peace ahead of polls

2016-07-11 12:04
Edgar Lungu. (File: AP)

Edgar Lungu. (File: AP)

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Lusaka - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has called for peace ahead of the August 11 presidential elections, Lusaka Times reports.

Speaking during an address to women congregants of the United Church of Zambia, Lungu challenged the church to call all the presidential candidates contesting the elections to a day of prayer.

He said the church should hold a day of national prayer to promote reconciliation before the polls

Lungu also said that voters as well as leaders should accept the results of the polls as too often political poll results resulted in violence and confrontation. He cited himself as an example, saying that when there was a power struggle in his ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party, he handed over the reigns to Guy Scott.

"I have given up power before when President Michael Sata died, I am prepared to give up State House. I am not willing to see lives lost over State House, everyone of us are important in the eyes of God," Lungu said.

Lungu's utterances came as reports indicated over the weekend that political campaigning in the capital Lusaka had been suspended for 10 days because of violent clashes.

The ban, announced by the country's electoral commission, came less than three weeks after the country's biggest independent newspaper, The Post was shut down by authorities over a tax pay dispute. 

The newspaper’s closure was seen as an attempt to silence it before the elections. 

The run-up to the election had been marred by skirmishes between supporters of the PF and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) led by Hakainde Hichilema.

On Friday, police opened fire on UPND supporters, killing one, after the party refused to cancel a campaign meeting in Lusaka's Chawama area.



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