"Bloodshed Makes No Sense" - Jonathan Tells Zambian Presidential Aspirants


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Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan has urged political parties taking part in Zambia’s general elections to refrain from violence and accept the eventual outcome of the polls.
The general election is
scheduled to take place on
Thursday.
According to a statement issued
byIkechukwu Eze, his media adviser, Jonathan made the plea
on Sunday at a press conference
in Lusaka.
Jonathan, who is the head of the
African Union Election
Observation Mission to Zambia, appealed to Zambia’s political
party leaders to place the
country’s interest over political
ambitions, warning them that it
“makes no sense” for them to be
involved in bloodshed. He advised those that may lose
the elections to be
magnanimous, and to accept the
results as the will of the people
of Zambia.
“Politicians going in for elective positions should be open-
minded about the outcome
because they can either win or
lose,” he said.
“Politicians who want to play
meaningful roles in governance should realise that it is not about
them. Those who care only
about themselves should quit
politics and begin to manage
personal businesses.
“Our states are not private enterprises. You cannot be
interested in governance
without sufficient interest in the
affairs of the people. So the
interest of the country should
come first as politicians tick their priority boxes.
“This also requires politicians to
accept the outcome of genuine
elections because of the interest
of the people. You cannot
instigate violence and mayhem on the one hand and pretend
that you are fighting for the
people on the other.
“It does not make any sense to
get involved in bloodshed,
destroy properties, frustrate businesses and collapse the
economy in order to win
elections. Our advice is to put
public interest above other
expectations by accepting the
results of elections.” Jonathan observed that Zambia
has had a relatively smooth
power transition since gaining
Independence from Britain in
1964.
He added that the pre-election environment was conducive for
a free and fair election.
“I believe that Zambia has served
as the leading light and shown
good examples over the issue of
elections. I am convinced that the people of this country will
maintain this exemplary peace
during next Thursday’s general
elections, ” he said.
Organisations such as the
European Union, African Union and other regional bodies have
also deployed contingents to
monitor the election.
Electoral violence heightened
during the campaigns. About 6.6
million Zambians are expected to cast thier vote.