Lusaka - Veteran Zambian politician Sikota Wina, who used to be a minister in the Kenneth Kaunda administration, has expressed fear that Zambia could be slowly departing from its peaceful nature, ahead of the August 11 general elections, The Post Zambia reported.
Responding to questions after the launch of the United Freedom Fighters of Zambia Independence Association in Lusaka on Thursday, Sikota, who is chairman of the association, said there was no reason Zambia should break tradition and have a violent transition after August 11.
"11th August is the opportunity to be able to pick out what future they [Zambians] want. I have stated that for the past 50 years, this country has had five peaceful transfers of power from [Dr] Kenneth Kaunda, we moved on to president [Frederick] Chiluba, then to [Levy] Mwanawasa, from Mwanawasa it moved on to Rupiah Banda and then to [Michael] Sata, from Sata it moved on to [Edgar] Lungu," Sikota was quoted as saying.
Sikota said this almost a month after president Lungu indicated that his government would have a difficult time stopping violence ahead of the polls.
Reports indicated that the opposition had in the past been brutally attacked by security personnel in the southern African country.