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Violence forces Zambian women to shy away from politics - NGO

10 March 2016, 16:17

Lusaka – A non-governmental organisation (NGO) has alleged that claims that Zambian women are shying away from active participation in politics because of violence, reports The Post

This comes after President Edgar Lungu indicated recently that there was an increase in political violence among political players.

The Non-Governmental Organisations Co-ordinating Council (NGOCC) board chairperson, Sara Longwe called for Lungu to take a stand and bring an end to political violence.

"One of the reasons why women’s participation in politics has remained low is because of violence. We, therefore, call on both the ruling party and the opposition to curb this political violence.

"We appeal to both the ruling party and the opposition to avoid anything that has the potential to compromise our security and peace," Longwe was quoted as saying.

Longwe's remarks came after law enforcement agencies were on Monday accused of using excessive force on the opposition.

This was after supporters of the United Party for National Development (UPND) were tear gassed as they marched to the Lusaka Central Police Station demanding the release of the party's vice president, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.

Mwamba was detained for allegedly threatening violence against president Lungu.

- News24


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