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Party cadres urged to exercise peaceful campaigns

As Zambia goes to the polls to elect the 5th Republican President following the demise of the incumbent, Michael Sata, some concerned voters in Shiwang`andu district have called for peaceful campaigns ahead of the January 20th, 2015 Presidential By- elections.

Speaking on behalf of electorates in an interview with the state news and information agency, ZANIS in the district on January 5th, 2015, Loveness Nachilima said that party cadres should not interfere when other political parties are having meetings.

Ms. Nachilima said that all political parties have the right to hold rallies as long as they have a police permit.

She added that if some political parties are not holding rallies in fear of being antagonised by other party cadres, electorates will not be fully informed hence making them have difficulties in making informed decisions.

Ms. Nachilima said this following political wrangles between opposition the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres last Friday.

However Ms. Nachilima said that Shiwang`andu residents are very peaceful people, hence political parties should feel free to hold rallies in the district.

Ms. Nachilima said that the people of Shiwang`andu want to vote for a political party that exercises maximum peace in their dealings.

Suspected PF cadres last Friday afternoon attacked a helicopter carrying the UPND campaign team in Shiwangandu. In the helicopter were former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa, former deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Mutale Nalumango, Lunte Member of Parliament, Hon Felix Mutati, Kasama Member of Parliament, Hon Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, and Lubansenshi Member of Parliament, Hon Patrick Mucheleka.

The helicopter was forced to fly away while Shiwangandu residents who had gathered to attend the rally fled from the attacking PF cadres.


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