The Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Namwala parliamentary candidate Charity Kabongomana is nursing serious injuries in Namwala Hospital including a broken leg and arm after being ambushed Friday.
In a statement released yesterday morning, FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said the act was perpetrated by the immediate past Member of parliament and her party cadres.
“Yesterday in Namwala, UPND cadres led by their Namwala aspiring candidate and immediate past Namwala MP, Madam Moono Lubezhi ambushed and brutally attacked our aspiring Namwala candidate, Madam Charity Kabongomana and her team breaking her arm and leg. She is agonizingly laying in pain at Namwala hospital.They further extensively damaged her vehicle and attempted to set it ablaze,” Mr. Mwanza said.
On Friday, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) threatened to invoke its powers under Section 28 of the Electoral Process Act No 35 of 2016 which empowers the Commission to suspend campaigns if it considers it necessary for a credible election. The commission also cited Section 110 of the same Act that empowers the Commission to disqualify a political party or candidate in breach of the Electoral Code of Conduct.
Commission Public Relations Manager Cris Akufuna said It is unacceptable that at this stage of Zambia’s democracy political players should have blatant disregard for the Code of Conduct as has been exhibited by some political party supporters.
“The Commission therefore wishes to reiterate that it is the responsibility of all political parties participating in elections to restrain their members and cadres from provoking their opponents and inciting violence. It is also the responsibility of the Zambia Police Service to ensure that perpetrators of violence and anyone caught abrogating the Electoral Code of Conduct is dealt with firmly without fear or favour,” Mr. Akufuna said.
There has been no official reaction from the UPND in response to the incident or the allegations so far.