No amount of political rage, political disputes, or electoral malpractices or violations can justify atrocities like the bodily annihilation of political opponents.
There can be no crime committed in the name of politics, elections, or the protection of the vote.
It is not right to execute anyone who are caught attempting to rig elections or committing other crimes. This is an example of lawlessness. It is a violation of the rule of law. Make a citizen an arrestee and prosecute them.
In our last virtual rally on Wednesday I said, “We go into these elections with blood on the hands of some of members of the PF and UPND. Its votes covered in blood. Theirs are not clean votes; they are blood soiled votes. They have confused electoral campaigns with a battlefield where the aim is to destroy the other.”
The killings have continued. The leaders of these two ‘siamese twins’ parties have failed to stop this violence. They are very quick to make condemnations when it is their own members at the receiving end. They are literary mute when it is their own members doing the killing. This is not leadership. To them, it would seem, the life that is valuable is only that of their members.
But all human life is sacred, holy, and precious. The sanctity of life is inherent as man cannot create life. Therefore, man has no authority to destroy life. It is the only way for humankind to exist.
We demand that the leaders of these two violent, and unfit to govern, parties take responsibility and stop these killings. These elections are competition to serve and not a ‘do or die’ contest.