Political violence in Zambia annoying, Scott tells Lungu

2016-03-22 14:10
Guy Scott (File, AFP)

Guy Scott (File, AFP)

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Lusaka – Former Zambian president Guy Scott has told President Edgar Lungu and his Patriotic Front (PF) cadres that the ongoing political violence in the southern African country is "annoying".

According to The Post, Scott also called on Lungu to step down if he was unable to curb the violence, which he claimed was being instigated by the PF.

Scott said this in reaction to the PF's heavy handedness towards the opposition in the past few days.

Supporters of the United Party for National Development (UPND) were recently attacked by security personnel during Youth Day celebrations at the Freedom Statue in Lusaka.

Vice President Inonge Wina, PF secretary general Davies Chama and Youth and Sports Minister Vincent Mwale reportedly stood by as opposition supporters were tear gassed.

During the same week, a video of an opposition member being stripped naked in full view of police officers also went viral on social media.

The woman was allegedly stripped naked by members of the PF.

All this happened in full view of police officers, who did nothing to stop the violation.

Watch the video below.

Since then, many have voiced their anger, with a non-governmental organisation recently alleging that Zambian women were now shying away from active participation in politics because of the surge in violence.

The Non-Governmental Organisations Co-ordinating Council (NGOCC) board chairperson, Sara Longwe, called for Lungu to take a stand and bring an end to political violence.

"One of the reasons why women’s participation in politics has remained low is because of violence. We, therefore, call on both the ruling party and the opposition to curb this political violence.

"We appeal to both the ruling party and the opposition to avoid anything that has the potential to compromise our security and peace," Longwe was quoted as saying.

Zambia is set to go to the polls on August 11. 

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