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OPINION: PF, UPND, What Happened To The Peace Pact?

In July, 2018, the ruling Patriotic Front and the opposition UPND signed a Peace Pact in which the country’s two largest political parties committed to end political violence.

The signing of the Peace Pact came about after meetings held both at the UPND and PF secretariats in Lusaka attended by high level leaderships of two political parties. We recall that the two delegations had senior officials like PF national youth chairman Stephen Kampyongo (who is also Minister of Home Affairs) and the UPND’s Likando Mufalali, the party’s national youth chairman.

The announcement of this Peace Pact was welcomed and celebrated by not only the two parties but other stakeholders as well in the political and social space based on the fact that these parties have been on each other’s throats for far too long. Therefore, this announcement brought about a sigh of relief that for the first time in many years, the political scene will be free of violence because by signing of the Peace Pact, that meant the UPND and PF had agreed to peacefully carry on their party activities without turning on each other, regardless of situations.

But slightly a year later, the situation is totally different! The two parties are at it again, fighting, causing injuries and to extreme instances, killing each other. The Zambia Police Service has even acknowledged in its recent statement about political violence that the UPND and PF cadres are both perpetrators of violence; they are both at the centre of the ugly scenes of political violence this country has witnessed.
But while this may true, a quick question we will pose to both parties is: what happened to the Peace Pact signed just last year? This is a big question and challenge that the cadres of these two political parties must critically look at and consider a turning point.

The truth is that leaders of these two political parties mingle, drink beer, eat and share jokes whenever they meet. You would never even think they come from political parties whose cadres seem to be sworn enemies. Look at Parliament! Do the cadres take time to see how Gary Nkombo, Stephen Kamyongo, Ronald Chitotela, Ephraim Belemu, Princess Kasune, Alexander Chiteme, Vincent Mwale, Dora Siliya, Moses Mawere, Edgar Sing’ombe, Cornelius Mweetwa, Situmbeko Musokotwane, Mwilola Imakando, Mathews Jere, Stanley Kakubo, Christopher Kalila, Brian Kambita, Harry Kamboni, Elliot Kamondo, Romeo Kang’ombe, Sensio Banda, Chilombo Chali, Kampamba Mulenga-Chewe, Jean Kapata, Bowman Lusambo, etc. Wherever these members of parliament are after their heated debates in Parliament, all you will hear are loud laughs and endless jokes – nothing will ever give you a hint that they come from political parties whose cadres are always at odds.

The UPND and PF must from here on go back to that Peace Pact, look at the details contained therein and see what immediate action can be taken to live by the commitments made in July, 2018. They must, in fact, as a matter of urgency, go back to the drawing board and ask themselves what it is that has not been done for political violence to continue in this matter. What is worrying is that President Edgar Lungu has on many occasions advised against violence and told these youths to restrain themselves even when provoked. From the other side, it is difficult to point to a message that has told the cadres to stay away from violence. Well, the point is: get back to that Peace Pact and stop this violence!

 

22 Comments

  1. P.Malo

    Well spoken ba writer, seriously what really happened? These chaps are busy killing each other whilst there bosses are seated comfortably and drinking together. Chabulanda sana,ba cader isukeni imitwe.

    • UPND Youth

      The pact could not work . Our Leaders in UPND did not support it.

    • Leonard

      Both are pretenders,I can’t any of them.only those benefiting from these hypocrites.

  2. Frank Chombela

    Pacts are signed by two civilised or honest parties. Where one side is not, the pact collapses. That’s where we are.

  3. The Seeker

    The biggest problem here is Edgar Chagwa Lungu and his PF cadres. I mean look here guys, this man is the president of the land. He has all government tools and machinations at his disposal. His call for peace is not genuine; the police who are under his command favor his violently brutal cadres. Those police officers who act on his cadres violence are retired in the name of the so called national interest. If he was a serious president,he could come out in the open and order the police to deal with all those perpetrating violence with impartiality. Has he even come out to denounce the recent violence in Kaoma, where,his PF cadres were at the forefront armed with police guns shooting mercilessly and indiscriminately at there fellow human beings, the UPND cadres? Have the police even acted or there fearing that they would be retired in national interest? The opposition can not be blamed,no! You are a party in government, you have all the security wings at your disposal, under your command, after you are the commander in chief. So this speaking against violence by the president is lukewarm. If the security wings who the president commands are failing in their duty to curb violence, how do you blame the opposition? PF cadres are now stronger and powerful than the police,who by the way fear to be retired in national interest. Show leadership, courage and love for all Zambians by instructing the police to deal with violence with impartiality, make your cadres examples. Then, only then, will we Zambians take your for peace among political parties seriously. Don’t blame the opposition,they are not in government. It’s the PF cadres killing opposition cadres. What happened in Kaoma also took place in Luanshya,roan constituency. The UPND did not participate in those elections,yet PF cadres led by Lusaka province Minister killed MDC cadres,up until now, the police have done nothing. And you want to blame the UPND, cause we you mean UPND when you say the opposition. Walk the talk!

  4. The Seeker

    The biggest problem here is Edgar Chagwa Lungu and his PF cadres. I mean look here guys, this man is the president of the land. He has all government tools and machinations at his disposal. His call for peace is not genuine; the police who are under his command favor his violently brutal cadres. Those police officers who act on his cadres violence are retired in the name of the so called national interest. If he was a serious president,he could come out in the open and order the police to deal with all those perpetrating violence with impartiality. Has he even come out to denounce the recent violence in Kaoma, where,his PF cadres were at the forefront armed with police guns shooting mercilessly and indiscriminately at there fellow human beings, the UPND cadres? Have the police even acted or there fearing that they would be retired in national interest? The opposition can not be blamed,no! You are a party in government, you have all the security wings at your disposal, under your command, after all,you are the commander in chief. So this speaking against violence by the president is lukewarm. If the security wings who the president commands are failing in their duty to curb violence, how do you blame the opposition? PF cadres are now stronger and powerful than the police,who by the way fear to be retired in national interest. Show leadership, courage and love for all Zambians by instructing the police to deal with violence with impartiality, make your cadres examples. Then, only then, will we Zambians take your call for peace among political parties seriously. Don’t blame the opposition,they are not in government. It’s the PF cadres killing opposition cadres. What happened in Kaoma also took place in Luanshya,roan constituency. The UPND did not participate in those elections,yet PF cadres led by Lusaka province Minister Bowman Lusambo killed one of the MDC cadres,up until now, the police have done nothing. And you want to blame the UPND, cause we know you mean the UPND when you say the opposition. Walk the talk!

    • Pharaoh

      SEEKER,well spoken in terms what should be done to end political violence.indeed ECL has all the instruments of power to end this.But,I disagree with you on one point.Am not attacking you and so I feel both PF and UPND are to blame.

  5. OLD MZEE

    Ba Speaker,the UPND also takes 50% of the blame.I have never heard a UPND President denounce the so called Mpatizya formula.The UPND is Tonga centred any one from the rest of the country who attempts to challenge the Tonga GOD is flashed out of the Party.UPND has had 8 vice ptesidents all from different provinces and all were flashed out.HH is the capital of UPND anyone trying to challeng him is an enemy of the party ask GBM or CB
    UPDN are a violent party remember Mfuwmbwe where the IG had to hide behind a police counter to avoid being linched.In recent past remember Sesheke,Mulobezi,Namwala where the current MP for namwala wasimplicted in the assault of FDD candidate.HH displaced hundreds of PF supporters in Namwala the list goes on.
    Coming the above article I support it because it is full of facts

  6. Kbf

    Pf has failed to win the hearts of many Zambians. The only way pf will hold to power is to hold on to violence since it has increasingly become unpopular.. It is the Zambians themselves to end violence by instant mob justice on armed cadres. Genuine police officers should gather courage and start sorting out cadres that pose as policemen. The police should also start tipping the public so that, together, we can deal with these criminals. One pull of a trigger ends life, need to end this. Let us not wait for the PIG that also jubilates to see someone gunned down.

  7. Winnipeg Nyirongo

    The Peace Packed can be signed but one thing you should know is we people usually forget about we were agreed upon. By and large, if you remember very well in the BIBLE when people wanted to Crown Jesus Christ as a Political Leader. Jesus Christ ran away because he knew that in Politics there is fighting, insulting, violence and abusive language. So even if the Peace Deal was signed by these two Political Parties( PF and UPND) the truth of the matter is that in as far as Politics is concerned, violence will always be there before the people are fighting for Power and Money. Thanks

  8. zam zam

    pf n lungu are the problem here, why is he retiring those cops who beat up his misbehaving cardres? what picture is he showing 2 his cadres 2 misbehave or behave? this young yoweri museveni is becoming a problem in zambia. anyway rupiah misbehaved n was shown the door next its u

  9. Chiwahisha Tapalu Gift muheuka

    Our Leader………….You Are The One Who can control This situation of killing each other between Your Cadre and Mr Hichilemas Cadres.Without You,No one can control this situation and you are the head of state.No Landa nasana,ifyabupuba Ba lungu ifyooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  10. Free thinker

    Both parties must swallow their pride and dialogue for the seek of Zambia.

  11. Baxter Mule

    MMD was in power we didn’t witness the violence we have now, zed pipo are watching the time for William Banda ‘s violence came to an end,mind u we are 73 bribes in zed u divide them if he brings Museveni’s tactic it will not work here in zed,waiting for general elections 2021 not selection remember KK’s vigilantes & era.

    • Akwa the Great

      Don’t lie, I was in mmd as youth chairman for a certain defuct Ward 5 in luanshya ,wen campaigning for Jean phiri we use to scatter the opposition and beat them up badly ,grab their materials and leave scampered in all directions , remember William Banda.

  12. Mukanwa mukikopo

    Very fair Opinion Mr. C. Phiri.

  13. Kicks

    The fact is edgar lungu is not fit to control the situation at hand, politically and economically, but he wants to be in power for too long, which has caused him to lose direction, causing cadres to have a grip in his leadership, taking over the local government duties by force and the president keeps a blind eye. The president is to blame here.

  14. FAIRNESS

    U CADRES OF POOR 4REVE AND HAKAIMWENA HEKA UNITED PAT NOW 4 DESTRUCTION OF ZED.MUBWESHE AMANO MULIBAKALAMBA BONSE.FAIR B

  15. Sibweni

    UPND training give members 2 defend themselves is not a solution 2 win election and upnd cadres can not deal with police. Pipo want policies solve 2 economic hardship and unempolyment. We need peace not guns 2 win election no cadre has taken over station and markets but sam language is now working again innocent pipo these places a target due 2 presidential empowermt fund. U can’t fight govt with fake accusation and public display of dead body is palestine party hamas 2 blackmail the world 2 win sympath

  16. Smjaydiego

    The best way of ending differences, is by fazing off tribal disputes

  17. Mampi

    Sata new very well that zambians by then really wanted change nd he cud preach 2 his followers nd cadres de importance of peace nd everyone understood him clearly.And he cud use a proverb ukupoka ichinsenda ku nkoko ku nakilila which is so hard 2 cum of de mouth of hh simply bcoz,he is tired of losing nd he is trying 2 steal chondifika chinifike proverb which is very dangerous for 2021 polls,he has no tym 2 tell his followers abt the danger of violence nd when u ar a peaceful minded person,u will always preach abt peace no indirect way of teaching yo followers that fight back when provoked thats quenching fire using petrol,he shud revisit that statemnt.

  18. Akwa the Great

    Violence started wen a certain political party inclined it self to a certain tribe.before that we never knew who is who where tribes was concerned .we were one people .the ideology of a certain Departed political leader where not followed .we use to sing songs of praise for Mainza Choona during sports in schools with no tribal inclination it was a one Zed one pipo one nation.we never knew which tribe was nkumbula ,Mwaanga ,shapi,kebby msokotwane etc.but this time it’s mutaware that Sammy chintombwa this bwezani that sata from so and so .It sucks.

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