Bowman Lusambo petitions Police to Summon VJ

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FILE: Police officers attempt to keep Bowman Lusambo from Muhabi Lungu (not in picture) at the Supreme Court in Lusaka. Courtesy Mwebantu
FILE: Police officers attempt to keep Bowman Lusambo from Muhabi Lungu (not in picture) at the Supreme Court in Lusaka. Courtesy Mwebantu

MMD National Youth Secretary, Bowman Lusambo has petitioned the Zambia Police to summon veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga to explain the vote rigging statement attributed to him.

Mr. Lusambo says he feels duty bound as a citizen to petition the Police because the rigging statement attributed to Dr. Mwaanga is a threat to peace and national security.

He told journalist after a closed door meeting with the police intelligence unit that Dr. Mwaanga must explain how governments have been rigging elections.

Mr. Lusambo said the statement is likely to cause voter apathy and discontent during and after elections.

Mr. Lusambo is confident that the police will do a good job over his petition.

He was flanked by Evangelical Youth Alliance president, Moses Lungu and other sympathisers.

Dr Mwaanga was quoted in the Post Newspaper edition of January 9th 2016, as urging opposition political parties to invest in efficient Parallel Vote Tabulation mechanisms to detect any schemes of rigging.

But Dr Mwaanga has distanced himself from the Post Newspaper story saying he never issued such a statement.

Dr Mwaanga says he is ready to appear before the police if he is summoned over the matter.

He was speaking in a telephone interview with ZNBC News on Monday.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Police must deal with this matter quickly and let the full wrath of the law take its course. VJ has been careless of late, its time he takes responsibility for his foul mouth. In the past he was known as the chief rigger, numbers manipulator etc. As example must be set and this shameless old womanizer must be tout a lesson not from his suspicious honorarily “unza-ndo” doctorate.

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  2. “Dr Mwaanga has distanced himself from the Post Newspaper story saying he never issued such a statement” but way line up for a few pieces of coins to issue “statements” in the tabloid will known for writing lies. This urinal post will make damp you after using you. Meanwhile the matter is in the hands of the police, being spearheaded by on Bowman Lusambo. i wish you the best, careles statements will cost you more so that you are broke, HH will not come to you rescue, according to HH you rigged an election which Mazoka won in 2001.

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    • VJ did not only respond and quoted in the Post only. Listen to sound bites on Radio Phoenix and Sun FM (verbatim). All he said is was that he has not been an election master rigger as alleged by detractors. He admitted that he has been involved in several elections both as participant in this country and an observer and was sharing his experience the rigging -should it take place is normally at the Tallying point and political parties should pay a lot at this stage. He did not ever accuse the PF of wanting to rig the election. Why burst your butts when the old man gave some valuable free to any body who wants to have an election result that truly reflects the voting of the people unless you had ill intentions.

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    • If I were Lusambo I would focus my energy on refining my skills in policy articulation. Picking little senseless fights about non-issues will not do anything for him. One reason is: He is linguistically handicapped. Like most Zambians, Lusambo does not understand English language very well.

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  3. What needs to be addressed is ensuring that the electoral process is transparent and has the confidence of all local stakeholders, in short the process should not be broken.

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  4. At last! A Zambian who can count beyond 10!
    VJ should be arraigned before the courts of law to explain how vote rigging is done;
    He has been inside or supported every government since 1991 to 2011. Has he ever observed vote rigging? If so, why did he not report to the police?
    If not, what should prevent him being imprisoned for statements likely to disturb peace?

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  5. VJ you also sue Mumbi Phiri & everyone who has called you the rigging architect. Mumbi went further to say you helped malawi rig an election. Don’t let this just go.

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  6. VJ Mwaanga should be summoned by the state security to explain the schemes of election rigging which has been a talk show for more than 25 years now.
    I really support Bowman Lusambo for taking a brave decision to petition the Police to summon VJ Mwaanga to account for his careless statements. I also caution other political leaders to stop issuing such costly statements as we approach election time.

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