The southern African Center for Constructive Resolutions of Disputes (SACCORD) has condemned the reported acts of violence against bus drivers by alleged ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres.
SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Cheembe said the alleged violence that left damage to property as well as human beings is testimony to the fears that violence continues to be one of the dangers to the nation’s human rights, democracy, rule of law, and peace.
He said the alleged violence goes contrary to the Presidential pronouncements to end caderism and its negative effects of political violence.
“We appeal to political party leaders to continue fostering love, unity, respect, tolerance, and co-existence among citizens as this is key to ensuring that the country continues to have a good record where human rights, democracy, the rule of law, and peace is concerned,” he said.
Meanwhile the Public Passenger Transport Drivers Association has expressed disappointment in an issue where some flash bus drivers were on Monday attacked with their busses smashed by some suspected carders as they were having a peaceful protest against carders who have been demanding money from them.
Association National Secretary Sydney Mbewe said the development is unfortunate especially that president Hakainde Hichilema had given his directions on issues to deal with carders.
He appealed to government leaders and the UPND party to conduct serious investigations on the issue further stating that if such is left unattended to violent activities might increase.