President Edgar Lungu has called on Zambians to change their mindset towards prevailing high levels of violence. President Lungu said that Zambia has enough electoral laws that can help address issues of violence.
Speaking on arrival from Livingstone at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, President Lungu also appealed to stakeholders to come on board and help address the issues of violence before the 2021 general elections.
President Lungu said the recent violence in Sesheke needs to be addressed and not left to worsen. The President said a clique behind the violence is known and there is need to devise ways to change their mindset.
The President who arrived at 18:25 hours was received by Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri, Service Chiefs and Senior Government officials.
Meanwhile, United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has told the people of Katima Mulilo ward of Sesheke constituency that guns and machetes on innocent people, are used by clueless people, in reference to violence he alleged was started by PF cadres.
Mr Hichilema told the voters that their job was to work flat out to kick out any traces of PF in the Sesheke constituency, adding that where PF take guns take guns, UPND will take will take love and development.
“Zambia does not need guns to fight poverty, it needs men and women with valour to redeem its run down economy and we can state here that we are part of such a progressive team,” Mr Hichilema wrote
Mr Hichilema concluded his message by urging voters to vote against the gun and brutal culture in order to prove UPND people power, their power and their land.
And the Electoral Commission of Zambia has said that Sesheke Constituency in Western Province has a total of 27,872 Registered Voters, 43 Polling Stations and 52 Polling Streams. Seven (7) out of these forty-three (43) polling stations are not easily accessible.
In a statement released to the media, the Commission said that the election results for the seven (7) polling stations will only be available on Wednesday 13th February, 2019.
The affected polling stations are either serviced by Chopper which is unable to fly at night or accessible via the Zambia-Namibia Border that closes at 18:00 hours.
The Commission further said that the Zambia-Namibia Border will be used due to the inaccessible road access on the Zambian side, adding that that the election results would have been endorsed by political party agents and other accredited observers once the count is concluded.
The polling stations referred to are as follows:
Serviced by Air Transport: Sonso School, Katete Community School and Mandila Community School;
Accessible through Zambia-Namibia Border: Mbao Community School, Imusho Primary School, Chivula Primary School and Maunga SDA Church which are all in Imusho Ward.
Due to this, the declaration for the Sesheke Parliamentary By-Election will be on 13th February, 2019.
The Commission appealed for peace and calm during Poll Day, during the Count of the result and in turn the final declaration of the winner of the Sesheke Parliamentary By-Election.