President Lungu says Learn from Zimbabwe poll petition decision

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President Edgar Lungu talking to Vice President Inonge Wina before departure for Zimbabwe at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu talking to Vice President Inonge Wina before departure for Zimbabwe at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

President Edgar Lungu says African countries can learn a lot from the expeditious dispensation of the Presidential Election Petition in Zimbabwe.

ZANIS reports that President Lungu praised the Zimbabwean legal system for swiftly settling the presidential petition that had raised anxiety and political rifts between two major political groupings in the neighbouring country.

Addressing journalists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka today shortly before departure for Zimbabwe, President Lungu said the swift verdict is a demonstration of the effectiveness of Zimbabwe’s judicial system in administering justice.

On Friday August 24, the Constitutional Court in Zimbabwe dismissed a presidential petition from the Movement for Democratic Congress (MDC) alliance challenging the election of President Mnangagwa in the country’s July 30 polls.

The Zimbabwean constitutional court ruled that the MDC alliance failed to provide proof of electoral irregularities.

In 2016, the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) led by its leader Hakainde Hichilema petioned the outcome of August polls won by President Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF).

The UPND presidential petition dragged the course of the fourteen days provided by the constitution without being heard as it was punctuated by preliminary issues before it was tossed out.

President Lungu said African countries should not be ashamed to learn from others especially Zimbabwe which has settled its electoral petition in record time.

“Let’s not be ashamed to learn from others, that’s why it’s important to interact with neighbours, the international community, you cannot be the best” said President Lungu

The Zambian Head of State encouraged African politicians to learn to respect and abide by the due process of the law.

He urged Zimbabweans to maintain peace and build on the relative calm in the country.

President Lungu is among regional leaders expected to attend the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa following the dismissal of the Presidential electoral petition by that country’s constitutional court.

He was seen off by Acting President Inonge Wina, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila, Cabinet Ministers, Defence Chiefs, Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa and senior government and party officials.

President Lungu who is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Joe Malanji is expected back in the country after the inauguration ceremony.

President Edgar Lungu talking to Vice President Inonge Wina before departure for Zimbabwe at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu talking to Vice President Inonge Wina before departure for Zimbabwe at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
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55 COMMENTS

  1. President Munangagwa was confident of his electric win and did not object to any court process unlike you lungu.

    Look now , the 14 days you clang to has divided the country.
    If you truly won those elections lungu , what is 14 days ? 30 days ? For the sake of unity in the country….personally I don’t think you won those elections because the cost of that 14 day technicality is too great for Zambia but for you personally you got rich….

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  2. President Munangagwa was confident of his electric win and did not object to any court process unlike you lungu.

    Look now , the 14 days you clang to has divided the country.
    If you truly won those elections lungu , what is 14 days ? 30 days ? For the sake of unity in the country….personally I don’t think you won those elections because the cost of that 14 day technicality is too great for Zambia but for you personally you got rich….

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    • He is right.

      I’m
      Here in Zambia and I don’t like it. It’s dusty and too many streets kids. Yuck.

      Coming to
      What he is saying I agree with him.

      He was duly elected and the majority of Zambians are happy with him at the helm. He is the right man even the next elections.

      I hold a PhD

      I don’t like it here in Zambia – I met someone at east park who asked if I was Mushota ( if it was you and you are reading this ) Ia
      Saying hi
      Again.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • No Mr President we have two examples to learn from Kenya and Zimbabwe!
      We choose the former and not the latter which is less objective.

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    • You’re so unbelievable, rabbits run to the hole and it’s understandably for not so cool rulers.

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    • I agree with MushOta. Why is Zambia so dusty? Is it because people including leaders don’t mind that dust? Is it because Zambian leaders don’t have the brains to stop that dust and accompanying illnesses? Is it because leaders are only interested in elections and nothing else? Is it because leaders spend too much time away from home and from the dust they don’t care?

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    • Ruling parties have mastered the art of rigging.
      1. Announce all the results from opposition strongholds then play catch up over 3 to 4 days of slowly announcing from ruling party strongholds & swing states, manipulating ballots, G12 forms during transportation by ZAF & announce at midnight that opposition lead has been overtaken.
      2. If the numbers don’t reach 50+1%, electoral commission gives ruling party extra votes, like Lungu was given 27000 votes in Lundazi when there are only 21000 registered voters
      3. Infiltrate constitutional court judges to quickly throw out any evidence submitted

      SADC risks returning to a hub of civil war is was known for in the 80’s due to tribal politics by greedy ruling parties & loss of integrity of electoral bodies.

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    • Lets see if Ba Edgar will be saved with CONTEMPT of court as well upon arrival tomorrow.
      HH said almost same thing about the “ConCourt”, and Ba Mwanamwambwa is still furious and there is still hearing coming up soon.

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    • Yes Mr Chagwa and while we are at it we have also learnt how a sitting goverment needs to be removed from office by the Military. At no point did u ever tell us that Mugabes government was illegitimate in fact you were a very close allie … so yes keep the lessons going don’t cut out the bits u don’t like

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    • Both Kenya and Zimbabwe rate higher in education and respect for rule of law compared to the circus in Zambia. One could surmise that their paths to gaining independence could have helped shape their governance institutions. As history has a way of repeating itself tables will soon turn with Mnangagwa’s inauguration and Zambians will once again start trekking into Zimbabwe!

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  3. How about learning from the Kenyan court on declaring a presidential election null and void therefore to be repeated afresh? Independent courts are more important than swift courts Lungu.

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    • Because the judgement favored the ruling party we must all get lessons. He’s So biased he can’t see objective lessons

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  4. ZAMBIA, VERY UNFORTUNATE; we got independence a few years ahead of ZIM, became a multiparty democracy a few years ahead of Zim. We have had the OPPORTUNITY OF HAVING 2 LAWYERS AS PRESIDENTS UNDER MULTIPARTY DEMOCRACY BUT WE STILL HAVE ARCHAIC LAWS,DEFECTIVE CONSTITUTION and ELECTORAL LAWS AND PROCEDURES THAT PUSH US TO NEAR PRECIPICE DURING AND AFTER EACH ELECTION!! YES there are lessons to LEARN FROM ZIM on their recent election and conclusion of petition:run a transparent electoral process that leaves stakeholders clear with what they see, through out quickly petitions that lack merit to allow the country to move with business after elections. As FOR AFRICA, LET US HAVE MATURE POLITICS OF SUBSTANCE, not rushing to violence and self declaration of victory even when it is clear who the…

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  5. @Spaka. THE COUNTRY IS NOT DIVIDED. THE 6.5 PROVINCES THAT LOVE LUNGU ARE INTACT STABLE AND ENJOYING. HH TRIED TO DIVIDE THE NATION BY ALLEGING THAT HIS VOTES WERE STOLEN, BUT THEN FAILED TO GIVE EVIDENCE APART FROM WALLOWING IN HOLLOW PRELIMINARIES FOR 14 DAYS. THE LUSAKA MAYORAL ELECTIONS PROVED THAT THE CHAP ONLY HAS LESS THAN ONE THIRD SUPPORT. SURELY IF YOU WON HOW CAN YOUR POPULARITY SUDDENLY NOSE-DIVE IN LESS THAN 2 YEARS?

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    • According the the ECZ website lungu won by less than 100,000 votes , that is one township in Lusaka, how can 6.5 provinces give a majority of less than 100,000 ?

      You are talking of mayoral elections , voter apathy was the overriding factor..

      Anyways that is past , you don’t see the divisions in the country ?

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  6. President Lungu won by 50.8% and others failed to present there issues in court within 14 days to challenge the results.

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  7. Zambia social media has been corrupted by the opposition hence not serving the eureka purpose it does in other countries. Citizens are voting for pf en mass now because social media in Zambia is a UPND fake news platform to be ignored. If you are not discerning and take social media literally, you would be applying for asylum like Pilato decided.

    No hour passes without some invective or pHD statement or tweek from unpatriotic opposition. They wish for armageddon believing it’s worth ruling the storm and fire and kissing the ashes.

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    • In eygpt the illiterate majority voted in the Muslim brotherhood , because of eygpts strategic importance it had to take the USA to overthrow them , but Zambia is of no strategic importance so the west will watch Zambias illiterates vote the corrupt theives PF into perpetual power and mess up the country big time…..

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  8. If elections were held were only educated people vote , there is no way PF can be in power, who’s support base is the illiterate masses…who would even vote for a monkey if given chibuku and vetenges…

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    • So nega negans are literate huh

      Thr usa and its allies will not allow rapists and arsonists to win

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    • Spaka Spaka. Since masses are illiterate you now agree with us that hh will be president of this great nation because his support base is limited

      Hes just a waste of time according to your assertion.

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    • Spaka is right. The only person that can win is chipimo if elections were held among intellectuals

      Pf
      Upendi
      Fdd
      Ndc etc are just as useless

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    • Let u5 buy chibuku for illiterate masses and will see if they can vote for him

      No one has barred upendi from supply chibuku and chitenge

      UPEND lacks intellectual analysis

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    • Zabwino Palibe ZP

      Agreed, that is why advanced countries have live debates among candidates were the educated are a majority in a country…in Zambia candidates don’t even bother with debates because they know the illiterate masses who support them won’t understand anything…

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  9. The judiciary is a vital instrument for conflict management. The examples given by Kenya’s Supreme court and Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court to dispense the petitions within 14 days, have proven beyond any reasonable doubt that mechanisms for addressing election-related grievances, including remedies for alleged irregularities in the conduct of elections are viable. By providing a trusted, legal avenue for resolving disputes, the examples mitigate against the conclusion that violence is the only recourse to electoral disputes. Given Kenya and Zimbabwe’s history of deadly election-related violence and the negative impact that electoral malpractice has on African security and stability, the two examples are a significant step forward. The emergence of an independent judiciary in Africa,…

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    • ….Continued: The emergence of an independent judiciary in Africa, could enhance not only the region’s democracy but its stability and economic development as well.

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  10. Upendi failed in it’s petition because of irrelevant preliminary issues they were constantly and loudly raising. Time did not wait for them though! If you ever did right exams and expected great results, hopefully you will agree with me that you had to concentrate on the relevant materials! End result……time has told, repeatedly!! Upendi has no strategic thinking! According to spaka, they, like spaka, should just form a bantustan of wishful thinking ‘hinterlectuals’. For they don’t have any agenda for the illiterate masses. So you don’t care about the dwindling numbers? That’s quite daft for a politician. You pretend to forget that the Kenyan case had a nasty aftermath! One may ask, which part do you and your type like, the bloody aftermath or the verdict? Problem with some…

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    • Securing the ballot papers is “irrelevant preliminary issue”?
      Spaka is right 100%.
      Only uneducated !mbeciles like you can make such 5TUPID comment. Did you listen to the Ruling of SCZ or you are just pretending to be knowledgeable (LoL)?

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    • @9 Really you sound like you have diarrhea. Try to base your arguments on facts not on your stomach and defending your darlings at all costs. This is the attitude that divides the country. Because of whoever you are, you think others are id!ots.

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  11. We’re politically stable, who told you there’s turmoil here. Pay back the money you stole from Mazoka. He worked for it tirelessly.

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    • What about 3 Billion USD from Euro-Bonds?
      Who is going to return that SWOLLEN WEALTH? Endemically Corrupt Leader?

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  12. Efyufwika ifipuba. Uyuntu chiwelewele. Ati mwalikwata intungulushi ichipuba. Eififine. BaLungu chiwelewele. Bufungufungu ubwalalike bamungulube insala.

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  13. @Spaka: YOUR COMMENTS ARE QUITE REVEALING. FIRST, YOU HAVE ADMITTEDLY CONFESSED THAT PF WON THE ELECTIONS. AND YOU HAVE SAID IT WON BY LESS THAN 100, 000 VOTES. BUT DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY IN ZAMBIA YOU ONLY NEED 1(one) VOTE BEYOND 50%? SO ECL DID NOT EVEN NEED ALL THOSE 100,000 EXTRA VOTES HE GOT. POLITICS IS A GAME OF NUMBERS. ITS ONE MAN, ONE VOTE REGARDLESS OF LITERACY. A SEASONED POLITICIAN STUDIES THE GROUND TO UNDERSTAND WHICH PEOPLE CAN BRING IN MORE VOTES. IF UPND HAS VERY EDUCATED PEOPLE, THEY SHOULD HAVE STUDIED THIS SIMPLE SCENARIO. BESIDES YOU BECOME PRESIDENT OF BOTH THE EDUCATED AND THE LESS EDUCATED. SECONDLY, EVEN IF BY-ELECTIONS ARE CHARACTERISED BY APATHY, SURELY A POPULAR CANDIDATE CANNOT SUDDENLY PLUNGE SO EMBARRASINGLY IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS…

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    • Thats why its called 50+1

      One vote is enough. 100 000 votes is there to prove beyond doubt

      Upendi lacks stratagy and analyse.

      They have no demographics that’s why they keep missing like chamisa

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  14. -continued- BY-ELECTIONS ARE A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF THE CONCOURT ALLOWED A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RE-RUN

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  15. Quite Interesting!! 6.5 provinces cannot give a majority of less than 100,000 votes? Hmmmm,

    O.K , let’s say , each of the 6 provinces gives a majority if 10,000 votes, —– that is also impossible / ridiculous?!
    Let us learn from Zimbabwe – actually , we are yet to learn a lot from that country – especially on how opposition politics are accepted.

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    • @Rhapsody: THE 100,000 VOTES ARE THE EXTRA VOTES BEYOND THE 50% THAT PF BAGGED. ITS WINNER TAKES ALL.

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  16. Tarmac comments – that’s the trend. Wasn’t it only a few days ago that he was seen off and received by these same entourages at the airport? How much resources are being expended? Whether it’s for a few hours or a few days away, it’s the same wasteful send off and ‘welcoming’. No one in any meaningful position(s) has the b.alls to seriously question this misuse of resources. Impotent Parliament and docile civil society comes to mind.

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  17. Beware of cadres. If one becomes a cadre, they are not human at that point. They become zombies and will never think for themselves. They lose human consciences. That thing that most animals don’t have. They become tools for oppression, for lies, for stealing and worse when they are judges. This is what we see in most African governance. When one praises a ruling, as a leader, he is asking his judges to behave the same. When cadres praise such utterances, they are now being used as tools for lies, propaganda and solidifying such statements even when such are lies. What we need to think about is that being a cadre can be in many forms. There are f00lish cadres, ignorant cadres, educated but impoverished cadres, and worse off, is the cadre who is a combination of all. We see all sorts of…

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  18. … We see all sorts of such cadres here on such threads. A cadre can be due to a tribe of alignment, and others can be due to hate for the other. We saw such in the Hitler era. We have them amongst ourselves. Beware. The solution is not to give them oxygen. Suffocate them.

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    I’m sure we can also learn from Kenya… and while we are at it, we can also learn from Zimbabwe on how they got rid of Mugabe. Even better, let us learn from proper democracies like those in Europe, USA and India where there’s no rigging and thus no need for election petitions.

    Let’s not choose to learn lessons that are convenient to our little egos.

    So is he admitting that our legal system is flawed? Isn’t this what everyone else has been saying all along? What a coward and corrupt guy who happens to be an illegitimate president!

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  20. Zimbabwean losing presidential hopeful Chamisa has stated that they will launch peaceful protests. Now protest against what? He lost the election, didn’t accept the result and went to Concourt. Concourt has ruled against him and that is final. So outside the electoral and judicial processes, he thinks that there is a third option, to protest? No bwana, next or third option is to contest again in the next elections 5 years from now, or is it 7 years in Zim?
    And Chamisa wants peaceful protests, how will he make sure hus protesters will be peaceful with chibuku and lutuku in their heads? Is he going to lead the protests himself? Answer is NO!!! Coward? Yes of course!

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    • Opposition mentioned from these 3 countries are the same going by their behaviour. The answer is in their source of funds they used for their quest for power. They assured these sponsors that they would scoop the polls and give them huge concession of the national cake. But they all forgot to pass this proposal by the real owners of the land-the masses!! They receive a lot of money and the sponsers have come to check on their investment; To show them they are working, they put up time wasting and irrelevant petitions, protests etc and shower all the blame on the winner and conjure stup!d titles for them like corrupt, dictator, judicial manipulator. But deep down, in these 3 countries, look how these opposition characters have risen to head their parties and how they have clung to power…

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    • ….and you will find a shocking record of tribalism, undemocratic practices (conventions suspended), dictatorial practices (hand picked candidates), know-it-all attitude. Ask yourself, did Chamisa go through a convention?? Instead of MDC looking to consolidate and reorganize by having conventions to choose leaders democratically and strategise, Chamisa wants to cling to power by organising worthless protests that will put Zimbabwe in electioneering mode until the next general elections. Sad.

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  22. “President Lungu who is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Joe Malanji is expected back in the country after the inauguration ceremony”.
    What a blank statement! Of course he’s expected back. Did you expect him to go to his country of origin, Malawi?

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  23. The Courts have to open up and let public media report live on especially serious sessions like impeachment, electoral disputes, etc, so that their professionalism can be exposed to the whole world. Zimbabwe has lead the way let us follow stating with the impeachment motion which has been like dodging the court process.

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