Polling agents, European Union (EU) observers together with ECZ officials and Police officers witnessing the counting of ballot papers cast at Shangombo basic School in Western Province
OPPOSITION United Party for National Development (UPND) Sesheke central Member of Parliament (MP) Siyanga Siyauya has called on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to postpone the elections due to violence that has erupted between his party and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

Mr Siyauya, who is UPND campaign manager for the Mulobezi by elections, said the violent clashes which happened between the two political parties on Saturday which saw one UPND cadre shot at was a clear indication that the elections would not be held in a peaceful manner.

He said if the elections were not postponed, there would be more violence in the area because more cadres from the UPND had since started trooping into Mulobezi to beef up their team.

Speaking in to the press in Livingstone when he visited the shooting victim Mushaukwa Mushaukwa at the Livingstone Central Hospital yesterday, Mr Siyauya said it was unfortunate that him and his UPND counterparts were attacked by the PF cadres in Mulobezi where Mushaukwa was shot at in the thigh and sustained a dip knife cut in the buttock as well as another cut on the left eye.

Mr Siyauya said it was surprising that after the attack from the PF cadres, he and one of his colleagues were instead arrested and detained on Saturday instead of arresting the perpetrators of the crime.

He said he was lucky that he was not also injured but alleged that the driver of the PF Secretary General Davies Chama was aimed at shooting him as well.

Mr Siyauya, who did not give details of his arrest and subsequent detention the by Mulobezi police, said he was released on police bond and that the matter would be coming up in court next Monday.

And speaking from his hospital bed, the victim Mushaukwa said he was recovering well and ready to go back to Mulobezi and campaign for his party.

Mr Mushauko urged his fellow UPND youths not to be intimidated but be strong and forge ahead with the campaigns.

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    • Lungu we need your comment on why a PF driver was carrying a firearm and firing at unarmed people.

      Don’t sit quietly and act like a saint

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    • HH: it is unfortunate that Mr. Chama’s driver is the one has been implicated in the shooting when it was Mr. Chama who allegedly discharged more than five bullets from his firearm.
      Siyauya who happens to be a UPND MP on the other hand, who was there when the all incident happened tells us that it was Davis Chama’s driver who discharged the firearm. Ba HH,learn to tell the TRUTH!

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    • WAS THIS WHAT WAS PLANNED, PROVOKE THE SITUATION, PLAY A VICTIM AND THEN MOVE A MOTION TO HAVE ELECTIONS CANCELED?

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    • This nonsense by UPND has become a bit predictable. Cause some confusion, play victim, and then ask for elections to be interrupted. Stop a truck carrying election materials and hope PF would be implicated. Stop the counting of ballots when headed for a defeat and hope for a miracle, extra. Gosh, aren’t these tactics getting too OLD and OUT OF STYLE?

      Siyauya must be a nincompoop of an MP also. As a Law Maker, why in [email protected] should he be in the forefront fanning trouble by preventing other Zambian citizens from visiting and campaigning freely in Mulobezi? How do you block a road, while carrying offensive weapons in your car, and expect a kind treatment? You were looking for trouble and you found it. For me, you deserve to be in jail and NOT Parliament—you are a thug Mr. MP!

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    • AND CHAMA SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED BY PF PARTY TO GO BACK TO MULOBEZI FOR CAMPAIGNS. WHEN SUCH VIOLENCE HAS OCCURRED, IT IS IN ORDER FOR SUCH BY-ELECTIONS IN THE AREA TO BE POSTPONED. WE WELCOME THE SUGGESTION.

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    • The law allows citizens to carry concealed licensed firearms.

      In this particular case, Chama and his driver were attacked and they have the right to defend themselves.

      Therefore, the question should not be why they fired the gun but rather why were they attacked

      Surely, if i am attacked, I will use everything at my disposal to defend myself and those I care for and Chama’s driver did just that.

      Whats shocking is upnd’s deflecting their violent behaviour elsewhereand flatly refusing to take responsibility.

      Are these people we can trust with power? Absolutely Not!!

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    • Can somebody please tell us how this fracas started?All we hear are gun shots and pangas.Just what happened for UPND and PF cadres to crash?

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  1. Ba upnd this was your goal from the start,you know that you dont stand a chance of scooping a single seat out of the 3 by-elections.Man up and just lose in peace and quietly,if your mapatizya formula has failed sole william.

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    • We shall respond in the language you understand best.pf will taste the salt in mulobezi.

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  2. You start the violence and you want the election to be postponed? Mwaculafye we have to go all the way and whoever the people of Mulobezi choose wins. Grow up ba UPND!

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    • Ati UPND cadres are trooping in for reinforcement? In short this guy is admitting that they are responsible for the fracas? Why cant he restrain his pack of wolves?

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  3. Both HH and ECL should provide leadership in troubled times like this. Militant rhetoric shot from political trenches only begets more violence. Please draw lessons from Mandela about how he quelled the Inkhata – ANC mayhem that threatened to scuttle South Afria’s transition to democracy. Tether your cadres, never ferry them to campaign grounds in the first place.

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  4. Upnd just pull out and live serious parties to go ahead. In case you didn’t know you have the rights to boycott .

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  5. UPND IS A VIOLENT PARTY WHICH KANT WIN WITHOUT VIOLENCE.WHICH NORMAL MP CAN SAY THERE WILL BE VIOLENCE KOZ MORE UPND CADRES ARE ON THE WAY TO MULOBEZI?LET THEM LEAVE MULOBEZI AND WESTERN PROVINCE ALONE AND CONFINE THERE VIOLENCE TO SOUTHERN PROVINCE.LOZIS ARE PEACEFUL PIPO.U UPND CARES PLAYING DULL BY ASKING WHY A PF DRIVER HAD A GUN SHUD KNO THAT MOST DRIVERS OF POLITICIANS AND BUSINESSMEN ARE SECURITY PERSONNEL WITH LICENCED GUNS.ASK YO STUPID SECHEKE MP WHY HE HAD A GUN AND HIS VEHICLE HAD A PANGA AND AXE.THATS WHY THEY CAN EVEN CALL FOR A POSTPONMENT OF THE ELECTION,THEY KNO THEY ARE LUZING SO THE STRATEGY IS TO INTRODUCE VIOLENCE SO THE ELECTIONS ARE POSTPONED.LET THEM LEAVE WESTERN PROVINCE ALONE.

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    • Nyambe S.
      You are a true patriot of western province and indeed the greater republic of Zambia.
      For those who might have forgotten, William Banda is the special adviser to president HH.

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  6. PF supporter and Lt you are *****s who do not used your brains to think. you don’t own Zambia. You cant be terrelising the country like that and all those people who vote for you are *****s

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  7. i wonder why LUNGU should allow his SG CHAMA to call for a one party state. As Zambians we shall not stand by and look at this naive man who is just new on the scene tell us what to do. Is it because he is testing good money for the first time? I am not UPND but I refute what CXHAMA is trying to preach to us Zambians on the one PARTY state. We all sain NO to one party state in 1991 and here comes an ***** who is testing the sweet of money conteplating for one party state. It is the more reason he is on the loose using the pistol he acquired even illigally shooting at innocent people. CHAMA is a wanted man and we shall make sure he is carteled. The more reason Eastern Province Youths never liked him. He will face the rath of GOD or MAN sooner than later.

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  8. Davies Chama is the most useless Secretary General of the PF. I wonder why the police have not yet detained him up to this time.
    but law is law, today he can be enjoying shooting citizens at will, but tomorrow he will have to pay for his misdeeds.
    I am the ardent support of stripping the Kachasu Man of his immunity immediately after leaving office next year so that together with his Churriguera Ugly Davies Chama will rot in cells.

    The Kachasu Man will be urinating in his trousers and drinking his Kachasu infested urine as his alcohol.
    Davies Chama is the biological son to the late UNITA Leader Jonas Savimbi no wonder you see him behaving ruthlessly like an animal.

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    • Hilda Malama is true that your father committed suicide because he found you on top of your mother and that you produced both your younger “brother” and “sister” with your mother.

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  9. So Siyauya says its Davies Chama’s driver who had the gun? Yet HH goes to the media and says Davies Chama shot the UPND cadre……….

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    • Casper it is LT that is saying siyuya said the driver to Chama.Witnesses so Chama pull the trigger .So who do you believe Lusaka Times or witnesses?

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  10. Wherever PF senses loss in a bye election, they resort to violence. It happened in Sata’s era as PF (short-lived) president, it has happened again, it will happen again and again. That is PF for you. Rubb!sh

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  11. Siyauya & Davies Chama carried guns to campaign meetings. Did they anticipate the fracas that followed ? In all fairness let Chama & Siyauya stay away from the area during elections.

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  12. @Bob

    you got it wrong there, I think this time around its UPND who is sensing loss and hence started the violence!!! It is now clear that HH wanted to pull a quick one by telling a lie that Chama fired the shot that injured a UPND cadre but his own man who was at the scene has a different account.

    PF is in a very strong position now especially with HE ECL at the driving seat!! UPND would have had a very good chance had Sata not died but unfortunately they prayed so hard for him to die only to be succeeded by a smart guy who they now cannot beat!! No wonder they are so frustrated!!!

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  13. @14 you’re 100% correct!!UPND cannot beat PF in Mulobezi hence panicking!! They’re quiet in Petauke and Malambo bcoz they 100% know that PF will get these 2 seats,so the only hope they have is in Mulobezi -forgeting that Veep Inonge Wina,Michael Kaingu are from western.plus PF are doing so many projects there.therefore nobody knows where UPND is getting the confidence of winning in Mulobezi.THEIR DULL MP HAS SEEN THAT MIGHTY PF IS GEARED TO WIN THE SEAT HENCE CAUSING VIOLENCE,HOPING THAT ECZ WILL DIFFER THIS ELECTION-ZERO BABA!!you lost it after failing to allow either ADD or UPND go alone bcoz your HH is greed.he cant allow others to stand!!GO PF GO!!

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    • IF YOU BANKING ON INONGE OR KAINGU TO WIN MULOBEZI YOU WILL DIE OF SHOCK.UPND IS GETTING MULOBEZI NOM MATTER WHAT,YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFULL WITH MALAMBO AND PETAUKE.

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  14. PF should not be Big headed .Ask RB and MMD what happened to them.We in UPND are not shaken we have existed long before PF and will remain a strong party.

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  15. You existed long before PF but they beat you to it. Even saying that with not shame And it will happen again in 2016. What a life!

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  16. bushe ba hildah bekala kwisa? can someone find any job for her nangu yakupyanga so tt she keeps herself busy not only believig in HH until she becomes very old

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