FDD president Edith Nawakwi
FDD president Edith Nawakwi

Forum for Democracy and Development -FDD – President Edith Nawakwi has proposed a ten-year ban on political parties that will be found guilty of fanning electoral violence.

And Ms. Nawakwi says the proposed amendments to the Public Order Act, Electoral Act and Constitution can help deter violence in elections.

She says it is unacceptable that people must be found with offensive weapons or even spill blood over their determination to amass power.

The Opposition Leader says Zambia is too beautiful to be destroyed and that all Political parties must not use violence to fight for power.

Meanwhile, Ms. Nawakwi told ZNBC News in a telephone interview that FDD is going to support the proposed amendments to the constitution because they are progressive in helping to deal with violence and other electoral challenges, which will in turn help promote Peace.

And New Revolution Party President Cosmo Mumba said there is need to restrict the sale of offensive weapons such as pangas.

Dr. Mumba said the Ministry of Home Affairs must also ensure road blocks are set up in places where there are by elections to ensure NO transportation of offensive weapons.

Meanwhile, members of the clergy have applauded President Lungu for championing peace and showing political will to end violence during and after elections.

Independent Churches of Zambia board chairperson David Masupa says the Head of State has shown leadership by preaching peace and urging PF members to observe the electoral code of conduct and denounce violence.

And Bishops Council of Zambia General Secretary Abel Kaela said there is need for the church to condemn all forms of violence regardless of the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, Vision Ambassadors national coordinator MISHECK KOMBE says PF’s victory in the Kafue town council by-election has shown that democracy is growing in the country and that voters are heeding the Head of State’s repeated call for non-violent elections.

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  1. If Upnd is banned the “international ” community, Gears including one Bishop will cry foul. Let’s just teach our children against any form of violence. It’s our children that are used by various political parties. Also debrief those who have been indoctrinated by certain divisionists

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    • Violence is as a result of people doing nothing, you are not a big player and nothing to lose, to you its ok with that, the solution to this violence is for government to empower people, let people be busy with work, business etc, and this will end.

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    • What if any other party is banned apart from the UPND? You mean there will not be any cry from anywhere?

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    • This another political platitude issued by a useless political leader gone to bed with PF the most violent party in Zambia.

      There is no need for such because Lungu does not respect the rule of law. He is in the fore front in breaching the constitution. So how can he adhere to that proposal if PF is found wanting.

      All these changes flying about are there to show ICC that PF is ready to change.

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    • No need to ban the entire party … just get the culprits into prison walls and throw away the keys. The situation will self-correct itself.

      Edith, we don’t need any over-engineering here … just keep it simple. The best things in life are just that.

      Priceless … Let’s roll

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    • Banning UPND will make Nawakwi look worse than the violent PF.
      So Ba Nawakwi enjoy your looks, don’t your mind make you look ugly.

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    • At one point I thought that Nawakwi was normal, but now I think she also needs an extensive mental examination, following the queue, she will be number two and both will be examined at my cost. Does this woman live in Zambia or on planet mars? All I can detect is idiocy in her.

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    • In fact she may have been out ran by Antonio, she probably was looking for a job that Mwanza has taken. Sorry mayo you are late. Ubupumbu bwena emo bwaba muli imwe bamayo.

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  2. Edith you Fididi is defunct, just leave the political space, you know very well that the violent party is PF, do you think they can ban themselves, try to make political sense if you are to remain relevant in politics.

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    • SO CALLED INTELLIGENT PEOPLE ARE PROVING TO THE WORST BOOTLIKERS. THEY THINK ZAMBIANS ARE *****S.

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  3. Okay tamvela. Now tell us what happened to the sausages that your company got on credit

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  4. Unfortunately for Nawakwi her proposal can’t work, especially that one of the two current perpetrators of violence is in Govt. How can you ban PF for 10yrs? Why PF and UPND are butchering each other is because both see violence as a political tool to win elections. Once I witnessed how one person was beaten and his Malema T-shirt torn at Inter City because to PF anything red is UPND. We just need to appeal to the leaders to control their supporters, if they can’t arrest them. We have enough Laws to deal with that. How many times are we going to pass new Laws when others dealing with the same problem exist? It shows the levels of moral degradation in the nation

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  5. Nawakwi this cannot work and you know it. Whichever way you look at it.Police are just doing their job by dealing with violent cadres but before they know it they are retired in national interest. How can a country effectively fight violence like that?

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  6. I am non partisan but I agree with the question that somebody posed to say is it okay to say there will be chaos in the country in 2021 if I am not allowed to stand by the courts but in the same vein condemn and call archbishop Mpundu stupid for issuing a precaution to say if we don’t dialogue there is potential for violence.

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    • The hypocrisy is easy to see!!!! Or what davis mwila said “if we lose the 2021 election then we are all going jail…” Zambians we have such a short memory it worries me sometimes on how we let things just slide

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  7. Edith, sometimes you are very disappointing with the things you say sometimes. You are no longer as vibrant as you used to be. You have just reduced FDD to a cash cow, to cash in on donor money for female candidates. Why should you main qualification be your gender? You are just a spoiler and a puppet for the Architects of violence – PF and everyone knows which one is the Panga family! How can PF ban itself?

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  8. The question is ‘who will ban who?’. Laughable. PF cadres were beaten for violence in Shesheke. Will the government ban it’s own party? Use your tiny brains Natalie.

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  9. The government is always blaming the opposing camps for violence, even for failure to deliver development in certain areas. The MMD used to say it was the PF which was the violent party at that time but today tables have turned and it’s the UPND which is labeled as a violent party. It’s being irresponsible to fail to admit wrong doing, and always wanting to look for someone to blame for everything. These politicians use our youth to do violent activities and quickly point at their opponents. Secondly, what would Nawakwi do when she has her party banned for 10 years after finding that one of her members(if she has any) has been found causing violence and she is not aware?It is complicated because other political parties may use members of of your party for violent activities to disturb…

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  10. The proposal is very welcome and this is what we expect our honorable MPs to be proposing when in Parliament. Violence is a foreign phenomena in our country and anyone regardless of his or her standing found instigating this ugly thing will have to face the wrath of the people through the law.
    If banning a political party for 10 or more years is found sponsoring, advancing and instigating hate speech, violence, tribal utterances or perpetuating decisive antics before,during and after ANY form of political elections, that party SHALL be banned immediately and disqualified to participate in that election even if it is at a the 11th hour. Further, the identified culprits, leaders and sponsors of that party shall NOT be allowed to actively engage and participate in any other party directly…

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  11. The proposal is very welcome and this is what we expect our honorable MPs to be proposing, debating and discussing when in Parliament. Further, the identified culprits, leaders and sponsors of that party shall NOT be allowed to actively engage and participate in any other party directly or indirectly. THIS LAW SHALL BE applicable to ALL and hence its non-discriminatory.

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  12. Who is Nawakwi and FDD? These are just one member parties. In Zambia, even tutemba parties have a say. Notice that all those who lost to HH in 2006 ( Saki and Nawakwi) went ahead to form tutemba parties and have been barking at UPND toothlessly. We know why they bark at HH when there is nothing to bark at – because they are bitter they lost to him in 2006. Simple and Period.

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  13. A much better ban would be in a constituency a party perpetrates violence, this way that party would know they will be underrepresented at parliamentary and ward level, also the presidential candidate should be added to the ballot papers for that constituency. Every party would think about the repercussions then, especially in if it was in their back yard. Since there is no law that says cadres should defend themselves against other cadres with violence even the party attacked be banned.

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    • Like Kafue where Mwaliteta was caught red handed with offensive weapons? Actually I am surprised not a single supporter of Upnd has made reference to this incident.

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  14. day by day she makes herself irrelevant . what she speaks even a grade seven drop out cannot say it. no wonder your party has failed even when your fellow women of zambia wanted to support you, but such foolish talks its impossible. and you will never ever be a president of this country forget.

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