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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Reject electoral violence, Zambians urged

Headlines Reject electoral violence, Zambians urged

The chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence says electoral violence is a new and alien phenomenon in Zambian politics which the people of Zambia should reject with the contempt it deserves.

Justice Munalula Lisimba ,  says through the Commission which Government has established to inquire into the voting patterns and electoral  violence from  2006 to 2016,  Zambians have the opportunity to roundly and loudly reject  electoral violence by recommending appropriate measures  that should be taken to  avoid a recurrence of the scourge.

He says if left unchecked, electoral violence has the potential to erode the positive gains Zambia has achieved in democratic governance since the introduction of multiparty politics in 1991 for which the country is admired world-over.

“This Commission of Inquiry is critical in helping  us get to the root cause of the electoral violence that has been witnessed in our country in the recent past, in particular during the 2016 general elections. We have to ask questions  such as  ‘what happened, how did it happen,  where did it happen, who was involved and who were the victims….  After this we will have to analyse the evidence that will be submitted to us by various people, and there-after recommend concrete measures to forestall  future such occurrences,” said Justice Lisimba when he featured on a live CBC television programme dubbed “RoundTable” hosted by the television’s presenter Francis Kope in Lusaka this morning.

He added: “when there is violence during elections, voters fear to go out and cast their votes and this can seriously undermine the country’s democracy.”

Justice Lisimba further observed that the apparent inclination for some people to resort to violence whenever aggrieved, is lawless and unacceptable as grievances should be resolved in the courts of law and not through violence. That is anarchy.

 

He urged the general public to come forward  and make submissions to the Commission when its starts  its public hearings  at Nakatindi hall in Lusaka on Monday next week.

 

“The Commission will hold public hearings at Nakatindi hall at the civic centre in Lusaka for three days from Monday through to Wednesday next week. I urge members of the public to come forward and make submissions to the Commission. The Commission will later move to other twonships in the capital city such as Mtendere, Chawama, Matero and Chilenje and there-after the rest of the country,”  said Justice Lisimba.

 

President Edgar Lungu appointed the 15 member Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence on 21st October, 2016. The Commission  was consequently sworn in by Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima on 28th October, 2016.

 

The mandate of the Commission is to inquire into the voting patterns in the general elections conducted from 2016 to 2016 and the electoral violence that characterized the 2016 general  elections in order to come up with recommendations that will prevent the occurrence of violence in future elections and ensure that voting outcomes are reflective of the people’s free will.

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Stop wasting our money you judge Lisimba. Making empty, worthless statements whilst sitting on an unnecessary commission of utter rubbish.

    You preach that message to Kaponya (HH) you could see for yourself how the fcucker brought Dundumwezi hooligans of all sorts to the court yard.
    Mother fcucker judge you don’t need to sit at Nakatindi Hall to wait for submissions on this kinda Bull SHlT!

    • Zambians have been saying no electoral violence ever since the tribal shetanist leader landed on the political scene. About the commission of inquiry I think it’s regressive in that the perpetrators are known. HH and Upnd are the only culprits here. Just rewind to what happened in namwala were thousands of families were left homeless and people been beaten because they of not being chuundus. What everyone is expecting is for govt to move in clamp down this tribal party and deregister it.

    • Why is this judge trying so hard to make his commission relevant.
      Just refer to Mwangala Zaloumis’ Electoral Reform Commission, you will have your answers.

    • If at all if you have no brain, don’t transfer your street-life style to those that are progressively productive to the country’s economy. HH is a visionful lead as compared to the current visionless leader.

  2. The solutions are pretty simple to this one. One of them, that appears far removed but affective nonetheless involves how the purse is controlled. In Zambia the Presidency appears to hold the purse strings almost exclusively and so can choose whom to sponsor when dirty work is required. In that sense, those aspiring are borrowing against getting hold of those purse strings and so will sponsor thuggery as one of the instruments to get there. So devolve how finances are controlled and relegate some state functions to useful centers. Social welfare for example, must not be in the First Lady’s Office! For Pete’s sakes if nobody else!

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