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Mwaliteta, four other UPND officials arrested for incepting election result forms

Headlines Mwaliteta, four other UPND officials arrested for incepting election result forms

Former Lusaka Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta
Former Lusaka Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta

Former Kafue Member of Parliament Obvious Mwaliteta is one of the four UPND officials who have been arrested for intercepting records of election results, a day before President Edgar Lungu was declared winner of Thursday’s elections.

The five has since been charged with Aggravated Robbery while others are still on the run.

Police Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja disclosed that the incident occurred on Sunday 14th August, 2016 between 10:00 hours and 13:00 hours along Haille Selaise road near City Airport in Lusaka.

“Facts of the matter are that on the material day, three Returning Officers who were coming from the Copperbelt aboard a Zambia Air Force plane, after arriving at Lusaka City Airport, were intercepted as they were proceeding to the Electoral Commission of Zambia Headquarters to deliver materials that included records of proceedings (Form 18) and announcement of poll results (Gen 12),” Mr Kanganja said.

“Upon arrival at City Airport, they were picked up by a Toyota Land cruiser vehicle belonging to the Electoral Commission of Zambia. After driving for about fifty meters from City Airport gate, a Toyota Hiace mini bus blocked them from the front whilst another vehicle, a Toyota Mark II blocked them from behind.”

He said about fifteen men came out from the mini bus and pepper sprayed the ECZ officials in their faces and later assaulted them.

Mr Kanganja said the assailants got away with the Electoral Commission of Zambia materials including the victims’ personal belongings, that is, a hand bag containing various documents and K 350 cash and a Blackberry phone valued at K4,000 and sped off, abandoning the Toyota Mark II at the scene and that in the process, they dropped an Alcatel phone and a number plate ABZ 1919.

He said both the abandoned motor vehicle and a phone have been identified to be for a named UPND official who is on the run.

“Five people have since been arrested in connection with two counts of Aggravated Robbery Contrary to section 294 and 22 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia have appeared in Court today, Friday 19th August, 2016. They have been identified as Obvious Summerton Mwaliteta aged 46, Evans Mukobela aged 44, Macmillan Shimukonka aged 33, Laswell Phiri aged 42 and Emmanuel Mumbi aged 46. A manhunt for the others who are on the run has continued,” he said.

And the Police Chief said the motor vehicle which was used to drop the three Electoral Commission officials at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport in Ndola was also attacked by some UPND cadres on the Copperbelt and went away with photocopies of records of proceedings (Form 18) and announcement of poll results (Gen 12).

He said the assailants were arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery and they have since appeared in Court.

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90 COMMENTS

  1. They are sweeping the whole thing under the carpet.

    You can isolate the arrests to suit the Government.

    What of the allegations UPND made – what sort of inroads have the police made.

    The country is wholly mismanaged.

    Thanks

    BB2014

    • These are just common thugs and thieves… not a strange national issue. In fact where you are Mushota this is a daily occurrence …nothing political here just duanzzy thieves caught.

    • Arrest them and throw away the key. These UPND chaps disgusts me. They are just too desperate for power. Glad we Zambians have never given them any light of the day.

    • So Kaizer Zulu and Mumbi Phiri were part of ECZ Officials who were suppose to receive the items. Why did Kaizer issue instructions to his cadres to follow them up when a police vehicle filled with police officers was just parked near by?

    • Do not support crime. What these people did was criminal and only seen in movies. He should pay for this crime. Do not be ignorant since you claim to be educated. Now you are a populist?

    • I think HH is petitioning the results because he tried to do so himself. Ati ulubilo lwamwipi kubangila. The free mason is desperate for power.

    • I think HH is petitioning the results because he tried to do so himself (rigging). Ati ulubilo lwamwipi kubangila. The free mason is desperate for power.

    • Kwashala ka Larry L. Mweetwa, ka Bruce B. Bwalya na ka Royd Moonga. These chaps are becoming a nuisance and a danger to our democracy. Cage them wherever you will see these f00ls. They’re currently on the run

    • Please fellow Zambians, help me understand this whole issue which i don’t seem to. Am completely lost or maybe am dreaming. How can Mwaliteta be found in two place at the same time? On one hand, he (Mwaliteta) is reported to be implicated in aggrevated robbery and assault case involving 3 ECZ officials at City Airport and on the other hand, on the same material day, various online madia reported him to have assaulted one ECZ driver in Ndola ( See story below). How possible is that? Well, i may not be God who see all activities under the sun and i will just pray to Him to bring out the truth. Hope others can join me in prayers for our country.

      Zambia Reports
      August 14 at 9:01am ·
      Mwaliteta Attacks ECZ Driver; UPND Cadres Beat Up ECZ Official In Ndola
      Opposition UPND officials and…

    • Mushota is back!
      Was saying my good byes to all long time bloggers last night, ndobo. Jay Jay. Wanzelu. Nubian. Chief bootlicker…. And a few others, journey has been long. Stay well pilgrims…. To borrow from Canisius

    • Zambians, please google the CONSTITUTION OF ZAMBIA (AMENDMENT) [NO.2 OF 2016]
      The Constitution is very clear under Articles:
      103. (1) The election of a President-elect may be petitioned within 7 days,
      104. (3) Where there is an election petition the Speaker takes over the executive functions,
      105 (2)(a) The President-elect cannot assume office if there is an election petition.

      The Petitioners have asked the Court, in relation to the impugned election, to pronounce themselves inter alia on Articles 101, 102, 103, 104

    • @Dungu, that story was just a smokescreen to preempt the fact. Those characters at Open Zambia knew.that their foiled robbery was bound to come out and they set out a Jon Doe to be followed up by the law. manje fyapena!! You’ll hear more if this. I just urge the police to dig out all the rubbish and to circumvent hakainde so that he sees his greed with utmost envy.
      Twalamwenako!!!

    • Dungu and Mulemwa muli matole. Where has the report mentioned Mumbi Phiri kaizer Zulu. Worms imyambo

  2. this confirms the delay in filling the petition. UPND know what they did. HH is quiet and re-grating having embraced fools to his party. What good would you get from GBM? shame

  3. This shows how Zambian are been used and deceived,we all know when ecz are carrying materials they are entitled to tight security, so why didn’t they do So? Why is the matter surfacing now? Just shows how disorganised ecz was on this election, or is it a cooked story by the crooks who think they owe zambia,this shows how you have taken Zambians for granted

  4. I PERSONALLY DO NOT SUPPORT LAWLESSNESS BUT THE DOUBLE STANDARDS BEING APPLIED BY THE POLICE ARE WORRISOME. MY WARNING TO COLLEAGUES IN ACTIVE POLITICS IS – BE CAREFUL WITH THE MANNER U ARE BEING USED. THE CURRENT CROP OF POLITICIANS IS RAPIDLY BECOMING A DANGER. THE MOMENT U WONT AGREE WITH THEM, UR VERY LIFE WILL BE IN DANGER. WE ARE SLOWLY GOING BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN PEOPLE USE TO DISAPPEAR LIKE CHICKEN

  5. NO WONDER HH CAME SO CLOSE TO CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN HIM AND ECL AFTER WINNING ONLY 50 PARLIAMENTARY SEATS AND

    ONE NOW CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THE DELAY IN PETITIONING RESULTS.

    IT SHALL NEVER TAKE PLACE.

  6. I CAN SEE. THE PROCESS, THE REAL RIGGERS WILL BE CAUDGT. I THINK IT IS BETTER TO KEEP WUIET SOMETIMES AS GOD REVEALS AND EXPOSES THE REAL RIGGERS.

  7. What were kaiser zulu and Mumba phiri doing waiting for the same documents ? Why were they at the airport ??

    • @10 Spaka..So to you, if Mumbi Phiri and Kaizer Zulu were at the Airport then they were waiting for ECZ? Do you believe if they wanted to do something fishy they could be so conspicuous when they could easily hire some henchmen to do the job? Do you believe if they needed to do anything they could follow the ECZ vehicle in broad day light during vote counting when they know UPND has been following even empty vehicles belong to ECZ? Just wait, this aggravated robbery case will result in many issues since they attacked a clearly labelled ECZ Vehicle and paper sprayed the officials who were transporting election materials! People are just waiting for the petition that is when those officials who were intimidated by UPND officials will come out! You confiscate election materials ,results are…

    • Zakeyo

      Why was Mumba phiri and kaiser zulu waiting for those results ?? That is what they were doing all day , intercepting results from other constituencies did replacing them with fake ones. Only on this occasion mwaliteta stopped them.

  8. That’s why they are delaying in petitioning…and I said it last time that it does not mean that when you talk first then you’re right and a Judge will rule in your favour…All the evidence they are planning to take to court will be cross-examined and hence a lot more will be revealed…

  9. HH sponsored this saga. So all this cry about the petition is to cover himself. No wonder why he stormed out of Mulungushi before final count behaving like a child.

    And why have they postponed twice to launch the papers to C/Court.

    PF can you also expose GBM on his fake qualifications. Why hold back.

  10. So UPND’s plan to do a recount is tied to stealing some ballots so that the count can ‘confirm’ their purported disparities.
    Why does UPND want to play on the lives of citizens of the entire country ?
    Please UPND, why dont you be considerate ? There are more stakeholders to this country than just HH and UPND.

  11. If you are a student of Zambian politics – you will remember Chiluba vs The Post in the ‘Chiluba is a thief’ saga – Chiluba initiated the court process and in the end, he paid for it. UPND be careful, be very careful – make sure your hands are clean.

  12. the truth shall come out..release all the people you have arrested for once be morally upright kanganja..shaa!!!!!!

  13. And in Kitwe 6 more have been arrested for the same style attack. It appears this was planned from one command post manned by Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.

  14. The Police in Zambia are ever becoming impotent and irrelevant. There is no point in having a partisan police force that only serves the interests of the PF. Zambians must, for once,wake up and start seeing beyond the cheap political spin by desperate moral- less politicians. The other problem in Zambia apart from the one sided PF media that the masses are force fed with is the illiteracy statistic at a staggering 52%.Basically, for every six people you meet, approx 3 can neither read nor write.Until this problem is dealt with, Zambia will be bulldozed by selfish arrogant and pompous leaders who manipulate the illiterates who always believe what they say. What a calamitous shame!!!

    • Especillay the UPeND followers, who just follow blindly without weighing what they are told by (He)
      (H)imself! Pathetic cadres!

    • THEY HAVE FAILED THE CONSTITUTION AND THEREBY BETRAYED THE PEOPLE – THE WHOLE LOT OF THEM – IT IS A CONSTITUTIONAL COUP !!

  15. Failed countries ALL have a common denominator: The demise of promise! They either implode under stress from self-worshipping dictators like Mugabe or dos Santos or they sink in irreparable, malignant malaise like RSA or worse still Mexiko. Kanganja did NOT do his sworn work when pre-elction violence by ALL perpetrators was ubiquitous, nor while civilians are subject to extra-judicial slaughter – NOTHING! YOUR EMPLOYER ARE THE PEOPLE and believe me several of your actions, ALL OF YOU ARE, REGARDLESS OF SIDES, TREASON !!

  16. Mushota

    Honestly I thought you have the wisdom but now I know the type of a person you are. very irresponsible and careless mouth opener. Let UPND pertion the election results all these will be revealed. The elections will not be nullified. Lets bet.

    • @20,Looser, you are right! UPND has been behaving like an adulterous spouse who is always suspicious of their partner bcoz their consicious reminds of their actions and makes them see possibilities of the other party behaving like them! UPND was crying rigging from day one of announcement of election date! It is now becoming clear that their actions of frustrating the ECZ and crying loudly accusing PF and ECZ of planning to rig elections were all aimed at diverting attention from their evil schemes! They are actually the perpetrators of election malpractices especially in areas where they won! If victory was stolen from HH in Lusaka, there would have been no peace by now but the fact that Lusaka and CB are quiet is a clear indication that the majority are happy with the outcome!

  17. So UPND has serious issues to defend also as they launch their petition. Their hands are soiled also

  18. Why behave as it were? You ought to know that to win an election a lot is taken into consideration and the vote is actually the result of the considerations. Some of them being respect for the masses who are the voters, your history, consistency on matters that matter, being able to adapt, forgiveness etc etc. No wonder the electorate were bringing issues of the past like the violent behavior of one of the people in the race, the recordings of the “boss to be” insulting his juniors and so on . All these things add up to the number of people that will vote for you or indeed NOT vote for you.

  19. WHERE IN A PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY CAN A POLITICAL PARTY WIN JUST A THIRD OF SEATS IN AN ELECTION AND CLAIM VICTORY? VICTORY FOR WINNING 50 OUT 150 SEATS!

  20. AND I QUOTE FROM BLOGGER SHAKA —“YOU CAUSE CHAOS IN THE COUNTRY SO THAT U TURN AND BLAME IT ON THE GRZ, YOU CREATE PROBLEMS FOR THE PEOPLE AND COME BACK TO PLAY ON THEM BY ACTING AS SAVIORS? THAT’S HYPOCRITICAL AND SELFISH !!

  21. We have it time and again that these crooks in UPND are evil and worship the devil in darkness but what they don’t remember is this, when God spoke the universe into existence, the first thing He said was “Let there be Light” and He said it good.
    So all there schemes and evil plans are already been laid bare and I implore the PD team to be very lethal and armed with counter evidence to throw UPND’s petition if at all it will take place.
    The cartel and HH were defeated on 11 August and NOTHING CAN CHANGE THAT FACT.
    Now, those arrested must judged and punished severely like what happened in Turkey recently.

  22. I think I will take my GPs advice and reduce in blogging on LT as the next 5 years under Lazy Lungu will be very stressful indeed …more abuse of power, rampant corruption, gross incompetence …etc.
    Its best I focus on other articles on LT..

  23. The story is cooked up by PF and PF police. What was Kaizer and Mumbi doing at city airport? The UPND wanted to catch these thieves and you PF police arrest the innocent and cook up stories for both Lusaka and Kitwe? Your time of reckoning will one day come.

    • Chamboli

      Are you living in Zambia or in space? Read the writing on the wall! Do not give us unnecessary stomach pains and headache!

    • Instead of catching ‘those crooks’ those smart gentlemen pepper sprayed innocent people and tools the documents for.safe keeping at ‘I-know-not-where’ instead of taking them to police?
      Your inteligence is skewed boss.
      Sewerage material.

  24. Is it surprising that these guys have done what they said they would do? If you have the likes of GBM for veep. This guy (GBM) gave people a false hope that he was so powerful and yet he is just a fly. It is these souls that are denting the good image of our country, let the law take its course. It will be interesting to hear the things that will come out during the petition.

  25. UPND must jest be banned or deregistered as a political party. They don’t belong to our Christian nation!

    • @33 Nannana… not everything should hit headlines especially when the atmosphere is tense! People were tense waiting for results so if ZNBC went to announce how Mwaliteta in Lusaka and Matambo and the ilk on the CB affected elections announcements that could have just inflamed the situation. Just know from the story that their are enough elements of evidence an abandoned Toyota Mark II where the owner like those who bought voters’ and NRCs and faked the story of foreign voters have run away! There is time for everything and now as we are waiting for the petition those who interfered with the electoral process will have to be known and dealt with by the law. I believe the issue of Mwaliteta and the ilk is beyond aggravated robbery because it borders on elections and thus national…

  26. Let these rats know the full extent of the law. The crimes committed here are not aggravated robbery but treason. Police please be serious and charge these tribal thugs with treason.

  27. That is evidence enough to show how desperate these UPND cadres were. But they are the same people who want form G12 when they stole them. It is also the reason why they are hesitating to fill their petition. A Mwaliteta G7 failure what can you do you rot in the cells now the rest of your remaining life years.

  28. They have got their lawyer Martha Mushipe to defend them court and say they were simply trying to protect their votes.

  29. ALL BECAUSE SOMEONE THOUGHT HH WAS “OUR SAVIOUR” WITH HIS “WALKING MATE GBM”
    There is a line drawn now for having rejected our advice on borrowing crooks and criminals from PF. All the rigging stories and manufacturing of extra votes in Southern Province never happened in the past. Just look at the mess we are in. Do you think UPND can still come out of the deep waters to safer shore with the same HH and his “walking mate” GBM?
    We advised to have a new structure with seasoned leaders to take over but the call was never heeded. Today the so-called UPND Generals are dead quiet, for they know things are getting worse for the party. It is not too late though, if people still love this wonderful party. I cry sometimes over such mess! BB, Kalomo

  30. Please fellow Zambians, help me understand this whole issue which i don’t seem to. Am completely lost or maybe am dreaming. How can Mwaliteta be found in two place at the same time? On one hand, he (Mwaliteta) is reported to be implicated in aggrevated robbery and assault case involving 3 ECZ officials at City Airport and on the other hand, on the same material day, various online madia reported him to have assaulted one ECZ driver in Ndola ( See story below). How possible is that? Well, i may not be God who see all activities under the sun and i will just pray to Him to bring out the truth. Hope others can join me in prayers for our country.

  31. Zambia Reports
    August 14 at 9:01am ·
    Mwaliteta Attacks ECZ Driver; UPND Cadres Beat Up ECZ Official In Ndola
    Opposition UPND officials and cadres are beginning to take their frustrations of a prospective defeat in the general election on ECZ officials.
    Former Kafue MP Obvious Mwaliteta led a battalion of UPND cadres to attack an ECZ driver carrying ballots after suspecting the official was diverting the consignment.
    This was at the same time UPND party leader Hakainde Hichilema was harassing ECZ officials at Mulungushi where the totalling is being done.
    In Ndola, UPND cadres beat up Roy Kuseka, the public relations officer for Ndola after they spotted him heading to the airport on a mission that is unspecified. Kuseka was one of the officials conducting elections at the Ndola Civic…

  32. Asogoleli dont be completely lost or dreaming. Mwaliteta was not found in two place at the same time. Mwaliteta organised in Lusaka and Mutambo organised in Copperbelt both are arrested. Do just be concetrating on onlinemedia also read print media.

  33. The pattern has been set. These guys think they can stop any vehicle and inspect it! A vehicle belonging to an official organ mandated by government to carry out elections cannot be stopped by any party cadres. Government had been forced to exercise restraint fearing an excuse to destroy the elections by these failures but this cannot continue. These guys may begin to think they are above the law. If they commit a crime they must be arrested and taken to court. Even the man who incited the youth of Zambia to riot must be charged too. We need to bring sanity to the process of elections.

  34. THIS IS A BLUE LIE. PF WANT TO COOK THE GEN 12 AND THROW IT ON UPND TO DIFFRACT THE ECZ FAILURE AND SIDING WITH LUNGU.

    WE WANT TO SEE FREE AND FAIR JUDGEMENT DONE BY THE CONSTITUTION COURT TO PREVAIL. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE JUSTICE DONE IN OUR RESPECTED COURTS AND UNITE ZAMBIA OR ELSE THINGS WILL BE WORSE THAN THIS WE SEE TODAY.

  35. There are only two possible outcomes from the court, and two preductable reactions from UPND :
    1) If they lose the petition UPND will insult the judges together wuth PF and ECL.
    2) if they win the petition the UPND will praise judges and the legal system.
    This is how UPND operates. They told the nation that if the win the elections then the elections will be said to be free and fair, but if, under the same environment, they lose then the ecz is corrupt.
    Eve now UPND will tell you that ecz was very professional in southern, western and north-westen, but according to UPND, ecz was corrupt in luapula, northern, eastern, muchinga, Lusaka and copperbelt.
    So, it is very easy to follow UPND’s thinking

  36. Are these not the forms and documents that UPND petion claims were missing? So UPND stole in order to support their petition?
    On the other handsbUPND did all in their power to disrupt the elections, stopping ECZ trucks and searchingbthem and possibly stealing some forms and other material. Have you noticed that the petion talks about missing form 12 etc? Time was tight for ECZ so if UPND disrupted the preparations by randelayng trucks , how can the same people cry to ConCourt that the elections were not properly conducted? Now look at Mwaliteta and company, they send them to steal electoral materials and then turn around and allege missing forms?
    Sorry UPND such desperation never won any party an election. Sore losers shall always lose. Magnanimous losers God grants another opportunity.

  37. The ECZ are very well organized. This petition by HH and UPND will be completely discredited in the Constitution Court and HH will look like a complete id.iot. I am a voter myself and I saw for myself just how difficult it is to rig an election in this country. All the polling agents were there at my polling station, including the UPND guys. So how and when did the rigging take place? Rigging may only have been possible in Southern province where an uncle of mine, a businessman in Maamba, told me that UPND goons were busy campaigning and threatening people even on the queues. If some of this information comes out in the Constititional Court next week, UPND will be in trouble.

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