Catholics condemn Political violence
Ndola, February 27, 2013, ZANIS – THE Catholic Church in Livingstone has strongly condemned the brutal act of violence that led to the death of Patriotic Front (PF) Monze district chairperson Harrison Chanda.
Catholic Diocese of Livingstone, Diocesan Secretary Fr. Clifford Mulasikwanda says that the church was greatly saddened and shocked by the brutal killing of Mr. Chanda.
ZANIS reports that the Catholic Diocese of Livingstone said this in a statement made available in Ndola today.
Fr. Mulasikwanda said human life in all its forms should be protected at all times adding that no person had the right to take away life of another person for whatever reason.
He said it was unfortunate that as a result of campaigns in a by-election a life had been lost and called on the people of Livingstone to reject all forms of violence.
“We call upon all political prayers to remain calm and peaceful, today, tomorrow, (the voting day), and after the elections,” Fr Mulasikwanda said.
He further called on all registered voters to turn up in numbers and cast their ballot paper to elect a member of parliament of their choice without fear or intimidation.
He urged the people of Livingstone not to allow political differences to them to hatred and taking away human life.
A Patriotic Front (PF) official was recently been hacked to death in Livingstone.
Southern Province police commissioner Charity Katanga who confirmed the incident, said Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo and his counterpart for Kalomo Request Muntanga were among the suspects arrested and detained by the police in connection with the death of the PF official.
The opposition party ‘s leader Hakainde Hichilema was also nabbed in connection with the same incident. He has however been released on bail.
The incident drew some tension in sections of society according to the local media reports. There are reports of riots breaking out in Livingstone following the arrest of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and other senior leaders.