UPND President Hakainde Hichilema joined hundreds of Lusaka residents who marched for peace and violent free elections.
In interviews with Journalists, Mr Hichilema said the UPND has maintained its call for peace and unity and prayed to God that all the people can appreciate the true value of peace.
[su_quote cite=”Mr Hichilema said.”]During today’s prayers we reaffirmed our commitment to conducting peaceful campaigns. We once again called on our people throughout the country never to use violence no matter the provocation. We are extremely grateful to the Church and the Law Association of Zambia for organising these prayers,[/su_quote]
During the event, the Law Association of Zambia has accused Government of collaborating with the Zambia Police Service to intimidate innocent citizens.
LAZ President Linda Kasonde said the police have been systematically abusing the rights of private citizens in the run up to the August elections.
In a speech read on his behalf by LAZ Vice President Eddie Mweetwa, Ms Kasonde urged the police to carry out their duties professionally.
This was during the prayers for peaceful and violence-free elections organised by the Law Association of Zambia and presided over by the Council of Churches in Zambia at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
She said the high incidences of electoral violence poses a serious threat to Zambia’s peace.
Ms. Kasonde observed that Zambia has been known world over as a haven of peace but that the rising violent acts has the potential to dent the country’s image.
Earlier today, UPND said that it will shun July 24th national prayers bacause the party did not not see the need to take part in the national day of prayer to be held on 24th July to pray for peaceful elections.
UPND Deputy Director for Policy and Research Joseph Lungu who is also in charge of the party’s fasting and prayer organizing committee says his party has issues with the national day of prayer because the people who are spearheading them seem to have some biasness towards the ruling PF.
Mr. Lungu says this is why the UPND finds it difficult to be part of such prayers.
He has told QTV news that his party also believes that praying is a continuous process that should not be done for convenience sake alone.
Mr. Lungu states that this is why the UPND has declared a 40 days of prayer and fasting leading to the elections on the 11th August.
He says the UPND is praying and fasting because it wishes to see the elections held in a peaceful atmosphere