Political violence threat to investors – ZFE
Ndola, January 15, 2015, ZANIS—The Zambia Federation of Employers (ZFE) says the political violence that the country has witnessed in the recent past is a threat to investors.
ZFE Copperbelt regional director Stephen Sikombe told ZANIS in an interview in Luanshya today that the current political violence in the country had the potential to derail development.
Mr. Sikombe said the Federation was calling upon all political players to come out and condemn violence to its members.
Mr. Sikombe said the investment that the country had witnessed was critical and needed to be protected for the benefit of all Zambians.
He said there was need for political parties to dialogue and commit themselves to fight political violence.
“When you have this kind of violence that we have seen in the past few days, it threatens the very existence of the investments and we are requesting all political players to dialogue and commit themselves to stop it,” he said.
Mr. Sikombe urged political players and their followers to ensure that next week’s presidential poll was free of violence.
He added that political parties should respect the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and give them room to do their work as the people have confidence in the country’s polls body which he noted operates independently.