LAZ demands arrest of cadres involved in graveyard fight

LAZ President Linda Kasonde: File picture

The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has asked police to investigate and arrest the cadres who started the PF, UPND graveyard fight last week which left four badly injured.

In a statement today, LAZ President Linda Kasonde described the attack of mourners at Leopards High memorial Park during a burial procession, as evidence of the intolerance and political polarization in the country.

“The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) is deeply saddened by reports in the media and information circulating on social media on the clash between members of the Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) that happened on Saturday 24 June, 2017 at Leopards Hill Memorial Park during the burial of the late Clance Zulu,” Kasonde stated.

“LAZ is disheartened that such violent activities took place at the graveyard during a solemn occasion which is supposed to be respected by all, regardless of political affiliation. Unfortunately, this violence is the latest in the string of worrisome events that evidence high levels of intolerance, disregard for the law and political polarization in our society.”

Kasonde noted that the association welcomed the statement by the Minster of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo in which he called for the arrest of the people behind the attack.

“LAZ condemns the attack in the strongest terms and welcomes the statement by the Minister of Home Affairs to ensure the arrest of all perpetrators of this violent attack. We encourage the police to quickly investigate and bring to book culprits of this shameful act,” she stated.

Kasondo also appealed to political players to tame their supporters.

“LAZ would also like to take this opportunity to appeal to political leaders to take strong action against their followers who are perpetrators of this violence and to take a stand against such violent actions. It is time for us as a nation to reflect on the recent events and take a stand against violence. We are Zambians before we are members of political parties or anything else. We owe it to ourselves as a nation to preserve peace and unity in the country,” stated Kasonde.

         

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