THE United Nations in Zambia has equally expressed concern over the harassment of a female civil servant by suspected political party cadres on suspicion of political affiliation.
UN Zambia has further called on politicians and their supporters to unite and stand for peace.
This is according to a statement issued by UN national information officer in Lusaka, Mark Maseko, Thursday.
“The United Nations in Zambia is concerned about the emergence of a video in which suspected political party supporters are allegedly seen harassing and threatening a female civil servant based on suspicion of political affiliation. Such acts are unacceptable and are against Zambia’s Constitution through which the people of Zambia have committed “to upholding the principles of democracy and good governance”. The United Nations in Zambia calls on politicians, party members and their supporters across the political spectrum to unite and stand for peace, and for the State to protect the political rights of all citizens,” the statement read.
“Such action, led by the State, is necessary and consistent with Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which reminds us that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The United Nations in Zambia notes the Government’s condemnation of this incident and the arrest of the alleged perpetrators. All acts of violence must be subject to prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations, and the individuals found responsible must be brought to justice.”
UN Zambia Resident Coordinator Dr Coumba Mar Gadio reaffirmed the need to observe the rule of law and fully respect the human rights of all Zambians, regardless of their political persuasion or affiliation.
A video recently emerged, depicting suspected PF cadres hounding out a civil servant identified as Sheilly Chatugwa from her office for allegedly supporting the opposition UPND.
The the act has received condemnation from government and various stakeholders.