Zambia VP cautions against hate speech ahead of 2021 general elections

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LUSAKA, ZAMBIA - JANUARY 20: Zambians queue to cast their ballots for the Zambian Presidential elections in front of the city library in Lusaka on January 20, 2015. (Photo by Jean Mandela/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Zambian Vice-President Inonge Wina on Tuesday urged citizens to guard against the use of hate speech and tribalism ahead of next year’s general elections.

FILE PHOTO: Zambians queue to cast their ballots for the Zambian Presidential elections in front of the city library in Lusaka. (Photo by Jean Mandela/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Zambian vice president said every citizen has a duty to defend the country’s interest regardless of their race, tribe, or political affiliation.

In remarks delivered at the launch of information education and communication materials on national values and principles which have been translated into several local languages, the Zambian vice president said it was unfortunate that election periods in the country have usually been characterized by violence and hate speech.

“We must all denounce such vices because there is no place for divisive trends. We all need to uphold national values and principles because they act as a campus and enhancement to the country’s development,” she said.

She called on elderly people to inculcate a culture of good morals, honesty, and hard work in young people.

Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili said national values and principles were critical to the country’s development which should be adhered to by all Zambians.

The translation of the materials on national values and principles into seven local languages will enable all Zambians to uphold them, she added.

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