Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Violence commences its sittings in Southern Province

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The Commission of Inquiry into the Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence has commenced its sittings in Southern Province with Livingstone being the first district.

Petitioners have trooped to the Livingstone Council Chambers to submit their views to the commission.

One of the petitioners, Henry Wayinga submitted that after the elections two families have not related well and resorted to building a wall in between them because of their different political affiliations.

Reverend Wayinga said the two families are neighbours and one of them is Namwanga by tribe while the other is Tonga adding that they have not reconciled since 2016.

He said the Namwanga family were supporting the Patriotic Front (PF) while the Tonga one supported the opposition UPND.

Another petitioner John Milimo submitted that political leaders that use tribal remarks should be fired from their positions.

And a Livingstone based business man, Webster Imasiku said the public media in particular ZNBC has been biased in getting the views of the opposition leaders.

Mr. Imasiku stated that ZNBC is a public institution hence the need for it to serve the public.

Another petitioner,John Milimo a security guard said the voting patterns in the country if left unchecked can destroy the nation.

And a clergy man from the Christian Harvest Life International Church said Southern Province was locked up as it voted for one party.

Pastor Boston Simumba 45, also submitted that the issue of 50 plus one percent vote should be scrapped off from the Constitution and revert back to the simple majority.

Meanwhile, Acting Livingstone District Commissioner, Harriet Kawina in her opening remarks said she is expectant that the commission will yield positive results.

Ms Kawina has since appealed to the people of Livingstone to make submissions in a clear manner to allow the commission to fulfil its mandate.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. just a waste of resources under Lungu; PF cadres attack NDC members at Levy in 2018 and no one has been arrested; as long as PF is in control, violence and tribal voting pattern will continue;

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  2. I don’t think this commission will yield any positives, its just one way of looting our resources by the commissioners. As long as violence from known PF cadres is not condemned and condoned by, firstly the head of state, and other powers that be, violence will always be there. It’s dismaying to recall some scenes where known PF cadres clobbered their friends but no arrests have been made, not even a word from the head of state nor the Police IG. One woman was undressed in the presence of veep, a plane was forced to take off before landing while Miles Sampa was on board, graveyard fracas…..the list goes on. On voting patterns, the damage has already been done by people like kambwili who publicly orchestrated tribalism, reversing this is a nightmare. We need an electoral code of…

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    • CK never orchestrated tribalism, he was simply stating facts.Did you hear saying that tribal or this is not part of Zambia.He is even vindicated by submission by some people giving evidence to the commission on voting pattern.If the ballot papers are carefully scrutinised, it will be discovered that rigging was rampant in the three provinces upAndOWN got highest votes.I wish the commission was mandated to scrutinised these ballot papers.Leave out CK in this tribal talk!!!Let’s be honest bane in the way we analyse issues.ecl never got a thousand in southern province constituencies, but thousands in the Nothern, Copperbelt and Eastern provinces.Am not a member of apf, I ceased when Mr. Sata died and his name is being abused in order attract support.The actual actions are contrary to Mr…

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    • While the Commission of Inquiry may not “yield any positives” in terms of the powers that be acting on its recommendations (as may have happened with other Commissions in the past), it does have its positive side- merely talking about issues, in itself, tends to diffuse tensions.

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  3. LT, why is my writeup cut, its not that long?

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    We need an electoral code of conduct that will prohibit character assassination, candidates must tell us what they will do, not how evil or bad the other person is.

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  4. Indeed 50 plus one must be scrapped.Only people who want power by back door can still support it.We experienced the sombre mood the country was in when upAndOWN fanned confusions, thank God it failed.However, I stopped supporting apf when Mr Sata died and what followed up to his succession.

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  5. insult ecl.burning mkts burning.tribalism.hatred. bitternes.That will never take u5 state house. stop insulting us because we are majority vote with power to make u5 a president of zambia not tongas only

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    • We are proud to be tongas and no one can or will change this fact. If you don’t have a tribe to be proud of then it is not tongas to blame. We respect all other tribes what we abhor is decitfulness of those in leadership who can’t listen to the peoples’ cries and keep looting national resources like the way rats loot pots of food. And we are the most peaceful people in the country compared to other tribes.

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    • If ma faka ain’t proud of of his tribe better sushi your talkin but thole, ain’t worried if ma faka hating on me, he doesn’t feed me. Fakayo.

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  6. So many innocent zambians were ethnically cleansed in 2017 and still going on in 2018.This is the first such extensive cleansing the country has ever experienced.Those who committed these crimes should know that there will be justice

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  7. This is a real waste of money. Even a child knows PF is a violent party and was the cause of the problems surrounding the last election.An honest appraisal by our intelligence services would have saved all this wastage on the commission.

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