Human Rights Commission
Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has commended participating Political parties, their supporters and the Police in Roan and Bahati Constituency for adhering to the provisions of the Public Order Act ahead of today’s parliamentary by-elections.

Human Rights Commission spokesperson Mwelwa Muleya says preliminary observations by the Commission have revealed that the campaigns in Roan and Bahati Constituencies have been generally peaceful and has called for continued restraint from interfering with the right of the electorate to vote.

Mr. Muleya said the Commission has been on the ground monitoring the election campaigns in both Roan and Bahati Constituencies and has observed that all participating political parties were to a large extent allowed to freely campaign.

He said the Zambia Police Service has respected the Right to Freedom of Assembly and professionally played its role of maintaining law and order in line with their constitutional and legal obligations and mandates.

Mr. Muleya said the Commission particularly noted with a sense of encouragement that the police refrained from the bad practice of imposing total restrictions to the right of the opposition to conduct meetings whenever either the Republican or the Vice Republican Presidents were in an area.

He said one of the best practices in facilitating peaceful campaigns in Roan and Bahati Constituencies has been the facilitation of political dialogue by the police and the Electoral Commission of Zambia to either prevent or resolve any emerging or potential conflict in the campaign schedules and the willingness by political parties to respect the law.

Mr. Muleya said the peaceful campaigns further confirm the fact that fundamental democratic principles of non-violence, co-existence, tolerance, mutual respect and respect for human rights and freedoms as required in a multi-party democracy and pluralistic society, were possible in Zambia.

He has since called on everyone to continue restraining themselves from engaging in unlawful activities that have the potential to undermine the prevailing peaceful campaigns and the right of the electorate to vote for their preferred candidates on 11th April 2019.

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    • (HH) was chased from Roan.

      “HH CHASED AND TOLD CHI KALA CHAWISO WIKESAKO KUNO YOU SOLD OUR MINES BY LUANSHYA RESIDENTS”

      If the Under 5 Paradise boy never sold our mines we would be better off today.

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    • Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland is in the country for Commonwealth Law Conference in Livingstone, that’s the ONLY reason PF (Panga-Family) packed their Pangas.

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    • But you failed to condemn the recent UPNDEAD Mapatizya formula in Sesheke. Shame on you.
      Anyways, I hope Seshekeans will benchmark the Roan/Bahati campaigns and peaceful showcaser of how civilized people ought to behave. Sesheke looked like a warzone after campaigns.Who does that? We bembas are peaceful and promote coexistence; while kopala people are learned and would not be used to champion causes of an occult member.
      “You shall know them by their friuts” A guava tree producing avocados, nimaloza. A naturally sinister person ministering good to the people, is a far fetched dream. Dundumwezi voting pattern. Double h 230 votes, ECL 5. Mmmmh, bane?
      He can’t condemn violence. Namwala reminder. The other one was born insulting. Who does that?…

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    • Iciwanka bachimwena kumampalanya
      May the best candidate sell, sale and sail. It is democracy. Peace for Zambia!

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    • Right now as I am commenting PF thugs imported from Lusaka have started hacking NDC supporters in Roan Constituency. 10 NDC supporters have sustained serious injuries in the head and are battling for their lives in hospital.

      So who is this f00l in HRC issuing pre-emptive statements without properly assessing the situation on the ground.

      PF can never an election peacefully without violence.

      PF ni ba chimbwi no plan chabe.

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  1. Its the greedy politicians who incite young men to cause violence.Zambian politicians make blood money.

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    • @Popolipo you are right . And am Happy with the Luapula and C/belt people the way the have conducted themselves it has now proven that Violence is in the UPND strong hold . And why is it like that?

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    • No. Peace whenever PF is not afraid of losing. They know Bahati and Roan are in their strongholds

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    • Why is there no violence only when lungu instructs PF to cease fire ???? Are they the source of violence…

      Lungu only told PF to stop violence because commonwealth lawyers are in Livingstone including Patricia Scotland….

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  2. Before people get ahead of themselves blaming the opposition of violence, which cadres were clobbered by Police in Sesheke recently, PF cadres. We all know the instigators of violence in this country.

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    • Just let them tell us why only when lungu instructs the PF to observe no violence, suddenly we have no violence ????

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  3. Why is there no violence only when lungu instructs PF to cease fire ???? Are they the source of violence…??

    Lungu only told PF to stop violence because commonwealth lawyers are in Livingstone including Patricia Scotland….

    He is afraid of the label corrupt dictator stuck on him, especially after PTV expose’

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    • Aaaaaaaah little ……@Spaka, and the operative word today is ……Patricia Scotland is it? Looks like she gave PF a heads up she was going to be around then! Now she can report back elections in Zambia were peaceful. Sometimes you don’t think of the implications of what you are saying. You have a one track mind.

      Here’s some homework, when Zambia decides to leave the Commonwealth, er….say because of Patricia Scotland’s interference on behalf of the opposition, (which is what you imply by throwing her name around); what will you do then?

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    • Zambia leave commonwealth where ?

      Zambia depends on aid , without aid Zambia can not survive. So for your little shirvelled brain , Zambia can not afford to or try to leave any organisation where they get aid…..

      And it is good lungu has set a precedent of instructing his pf to cease violence….next time we expect the same call ….

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  4. My worry is that the Upnd take their attack on PF cadres as a birthright. Never at any time have they conceded that they were guilty even when caught red handed. They have an excuse for every attack like it WAS THE PF MASQUERADING AS UPND WHO DID IT.

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    • @Ndanjes, that a correct observation. THEY NEVER ACCEPT THEY ARE VIOLENT AND PITIFULLY DESPERATE!

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    • Why is there suddenly no violence after lungu instructs the PF to observe violence free elections ???

      Safe to say If he had issued the same instructions to PF earlier, there would have been zero or negligable violence all along…

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    • Spaka you’re like your tribesman that I shared a room with at college. He used to keep money so that when it reached a certain amount he would send it to his mother in Namwala. One weekend we were broke and I asked him to lend me some money payable on Monday. He refused and gave as a reason that his mother wouldn’t be happy to see him lending money to people. Asked how the mom was going to know, he simply said he didn’t want to upset her. People were butchered in Namwala you still don’t own up for that sin.

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  5. Quote, “police refrained from the bad practice of imposing total restrictions to the right of the opposition to conduct meetings whenever either the Republican or the Vice Republican Presidents were in an area.”

    Sorry Human Rights, but that was made necessary when HH parked his car in front of the Presidential motorcade. There is no doubt about the desperate measures of opposition in Zambia.

    The peaceful process was down to the President, Vice President Calling for firm action on opposition criminals mainly.

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  6. HH and CK defied the PF , police to hold a rally.

    Kapoyongo under instruction from lungu banned NDC holding rallies, as was reported on LT.

    But the opposition sensing lungu is trying to show the Common wealth lawyers gathered in Livingstone that he is not a violent thug, knew they could defy the police and nothing will be done.

    Good call , it worked.

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    • The opposition should show the CW lawyers association gathered in Livingstone reports and evidence of past PF and police violence and oppression against them………and compare the violence free situation with now when they are around ……..with the aim of the CW establishing a permanent presence during elections.

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  7. Luapula and CB show the how a game of politics is played these criminals who think having your neighbor belonging to another party is enmity with UPND and hence you deserve a beating. They have failed to understand that politics is just a game to play. You win or lose and life continues.

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  8. This is as it should be. Continue with the same spirit political parties. This is the Zambia we want, the Zambia our forefathers fought for.

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    • The political violence we have being seeing is why I hate lungu….

      We have always said all the violence can stop with one phone call from lungu. He never did that, only now.

      I don’t mind that he is incompetent and corrupt, with free violence free elections people can change leadet ship. But with the PF violence of past , Zambia was stuck with a corrupt violent theif….

      Because only now he orders pf to stop violence , we are thinking he has stolen enough and only sees things getting tough with the debt crisis and wants out…..

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    • Spaka, Spaka who was caught with weapons of mass injuries? You should be ashamed of your region and instead accusing other people of violence try a little introspective of yourself.

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  9. Spaka do you know why the one party democracy was introduced? It was because of political violence which again coming from Southern Province. The only time Southern Province has not caused problems is during the formation of the MMD. But after realizing that they were not going to rule, they resorted to old tactics.

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    • @ Ndanje Khakis : Liar, liar, pants on fire! One Party State was formed because of tribal politics…and EVERY TRIBE was backing its own corner. I’m not a Southerner myself, but I know that all these other tribes accusing Tongas to be tribalists are the real bad tribalists themselves. Just listen to speeches made in Bahati over the past 3 days by PF leadership! Some of them even forget they are Bemba but with Tonga wives and husbands at home. If you hate other tribes so much, then just break Zambia into smaller countries each with its own tribe….simple! Why are you so scared? Because you are yellow-bellied losers. The only thing you ever succeed in is distributing hate; you can’t build anything good!

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    • Yeah you are right which has resurfaced. Tribal politics = Political violence. I’m not a liar.

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  10. Judge Masipha nobody hates your tribe. You are your own worst enemies. Even in clubs where we drink it’s no secret that you only want to be with your own people. My sister was married to a Tonga and after he died my sister and her 3children were abandoned. We went to the man’s village as per our tradition but we were given a cold shoulder. We just gave up.

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    • Ba ndanji…..

      Tongas did this to me, Tongas did that to me….were you not the same one telling us you were passed over in the mines by Tongas for promotion or mistreated ??

      Now this ?? The same person targeted by Tongas ???

      We can only summise you are delusional…..

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  11. @ Ndanje Khakis : No, I’m very serious. I’m not Tonga. I’m just someone very concerned about what is happening in my country. But I still find it childish for you to say that even in clubs Tongas like being with their own people. So what is the best way for them to invite them to their Table without looking weird since they don’t know you?? I’m honestly sorry about your the loss your sister suffered, but bad guys are there in every tribe…meaning we all have similar genes in circulation. Even in your tribe, whatever that is, you have bad guys who even neglect their wives. I just wish we can all learn to differ without reducing it to tribe…it’s such a lazy analysis. If I’m a bum, it doesn’t matter what tribe I come from, because all tribes have bums among them.

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    • What does it matter what tribe you’re as long as you are a human being who appreciates other human beings.

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