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No one should win polls through violence, Dorothy Masuka tells Zambians

13 June 2016, 17:21

Lusaka – Africa's legendary Jazz artist Dorothy Masuka has criticised Zambia's state of affairs, saying "something has terribly gone wrong" in the southern African country, The Post reported.

Masuka, 80, said that the "new generation was in a mess", as political violence had taken root in the country, ahead of the August 11 presidential elections.

Reports indicated that opposition supporters were constantly brutally attacked by security personnel, as well as ruling party supporters in the southern African country.

A video of a Zambian opposition member being stripped naked in full view of police officers went viral on social media in March.

Priscilla Mwiinga, a member of the United Party for National Development (UPND), was allegedly stripped naked by members of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) during Youth Day celebrations in Lusaka.

Masuka said it was important for the country to trace the cause of violence, adding that the locals were no longer "united". 

"…People should fight on ideas and not things that end people's lives. So, these elections should be won by the best party that has got best ideas; and the best president with best ideas should win this election. No one should win using pangas or violence," Masuka was quoted as saying.

Masuka's remarks came a month after Veteran Zambian politician Sikota Wina, who used to be a minister in the Kenneth Kaunda administration, expressed fear that Zambia could be slowly departing from its peaceful nature.

Sikota said there was no reason for Zambia to break tradition and have a violent transition after August 11.

- News 24


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