Executive Director of Operation Young Vote Guess Nyirenda has condemned the alleged behaviour of PF cadres during the Chilanga nominations.He described the cadres behaviour of blocking roads and intimidating others as barbaric, provocative and uncalled for.He bemoaned the aloofness of the police when it comes to dealing with PF cadres. Mr.Nyirenda said the OYV appeals and demands better and fairer application of the law on any citizen regardless of their political divide. He called on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), the Zambia Police Service and any other institution with mandate to administer the Electoral Code of Conduct and any other law in an impartial and fairer but firm manner.
Full Press statement
As the Chilanga Constituency Parliamentary by election campaigns begin it in every upright Zambian’s interest to hope and indeed expect peaceful 33 days between the nomination and the poll day and beyond.
However the normal scenario of peace, harmony, tolerance and co-existence is next to being imaginary going by what was exhibited by the cadres especially those from the ruling Patriotic Front during the nomination. The alleged behavior by the PF cadres to block the roads, intimidate others in all sorts of ways during nomination is not only barbaric, provocative and inciting but also uncalled for, unwarranted and most of all a recipe for anarchy and total impunity. It is clear from this particular incident that the observance and respect for the rule of law exists no more in Zambia.
What makes the scene even uglier is the whereabouts of the security personnel particularly the police. The behavior of the cadres showed as though they were in their own world where no kind of rule exists. It is now very clear that under this regime the cadres belonging to the ruling PF would do anything and get away with it.
This is similar to what happened at Levy Mall a few months ago where panga/machete wielding cadres intended to disrupt Hon. Chishimba Kambwili when he had been summoned by the police, but ended up hacking innocent citizens at the Mall. All this is shameful to say the least.
The police who are mandated to maintain law and order must do so and must also be seen to be doing so. It seems the police have two (2) different statutes they apply on citizens of Zambia. It has and can be observed from the two (2) situations given above as examples that for the PF and its praise singers statute of lawlessness and impunity is prescribed whereas for the opposition and any other person(s) with divergent view a law that even when you have no case you will have to be punish through prolonged detentions, harassment intimidation coupled with other dehumanizing treatment. Zambia and Zambians deserve better.
It is OYV’s appeal and demand better and fairer application of the law on any citizen regardless of their political divide.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), the Zambia Police Service and any other institution with mandate to administer the Electoral Code of Conduct and any other law in an impartial and fairer but firm manner. It is our considered fear that the Chilanga Constituency Parliamentary by election may be bloody, as exhibited at the mere nomination.
OYV would like to request the great people of Chilanga to reject any candidate whose supporters and/or sympathizers would cause anarchy of whatever reason especially with the view to intimidate the electorate and cause apathy.
We would like to call Zambians to reject the form of governance anchored on intimidation, violence and instilling fear in the members of the public from whichever quarter it is coming.
For and on Behalf of Operation Young Vote (OYV)
Guess Nyirenda (Mr.)