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Stop abusing freedom of speech, Zambian president tells politicians

26 April 2016, 15:21

Lusaka – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has urged party members to desist from using unsavory language when referring to one another, and to steer away from confrontations. 

According to The Post, the southern African country's leader said churches should also use their sermons to call for peace ahead of the elections on August 11.

Lungu said this during the golden jubilee commemoration for the Reformed Church in the capital, Lusaka.

"Zambia is known worldwide as an oasis of peace. Therefore, we should not abuse our freedoms that are provided for in our Constitution, such as freedom of speech, to foment trouble. Instead, we should continue to coexist by using palatable language towards each other and refrain from confrontational situations," he said.

He said it would be a waste to allow the country to turn violent after independence.

Lungu's plea came a few weeks after declaring that his ruling Patriotic Front (PF) government would find it difficult to end the political violence ahead of the elections despite moves to ensure peace.

- News24


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