Tuesday, June 25, 2024

ZCID applauds Political Parties for complying with the COVID-19 guidelines.


The Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) has commended the Political Parties that have publicly committed themselves to abide by the laid COVID-19 guidelines.

ZCID Executive director Doreen Kabwe says her organisation is gratified by the political parties participating in the 12th August elections that they will not hold campaign rallies in an effort to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Ms Kabwe explains that the move taken by Political Parties clearly demonstrates that the lives of many Zambians are being prioritised.

” The Centre is encouraged to see that a number of Political Parties are complying and have acquainted themselves with the Standard Operating Procedures which were developed by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Covid-19 Technical Committee,” she said.

In a statement made available to the media yesterday, the ZCID Executive director says her Centre is pleased to note that during the pre-processing of presidential supporters, there was strict adherence to the Covid-19 golden rules by all parties .

Ms Kabwe stated that the centre also observed that during the processing of Presidential nominations which is currently underway the Covid-19 are being followed.

“As the Centre, we urge all political players to continue adhering to the laid down Covid-19 guidelines as they participate in other electoral activities which have been lined up,” she said.

Recently, the ECZ disclosed that in view of COVID- 19 prevalence it has banned political rallies to prevent the spread of the global pandemic that has not spared Zambia.


  1. All parties say they won’t do rallies. Then why did I see big rallies from both PF and UPND yesterday and the day before? Not one mask in sight and no social distancing!

  2. The Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) are just fooooools do they not know what PF is planning …when covid-19 was hitting hard Lazy Lungu was busy flying all over the country now they want to ban rallies…this will back fire on them as People will believe the opposition propaganda.

  3. The Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) are just fooooools

  4. Rally is banned but who will teach UPND thugs and its leader Hichilema about the social distancing? The nomination process could have been done silently, by avoiding the crowd. #BrainlessUPNDPeople

  5. Here President Lungu, the PF government, and organizations continuously appealing to Zambians to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 prevention guidelines. But as always UPND violated all the protocols. #Shame #UPND

  6. Did Hichilema and his so-called team even think twice before taking such a dangerous step? How HH could ask people across Zambia to converge in Lusaka? What he was trying to prove here? His fake power???

  7. HH doesn’t know anything about the government system, rules, and laws. He just knows how to operate social media like a pro. Wonder for whom he wanted to be the President of Zambia.

  8. Yesterday, again the people have witnessed the Zero management skills of Hichilema. It was an unnecessary stunt and could have been avoided, maturely. I guess this time even his blind followers must have been highly disappointed by him.

  9. Shame on those people who are still supporting UPND even after seeing what has happened yesterday during filing the nominations!

  10. What we witnessed during UPND nomination filling was an act of carelessness. The whole party should be banned as they have put the lives of millions of Zambians at risk. Strong action is a must against them!!!!

  11. UPND is famous for breaking the laws and doing all the things which are banned or bad for the people. Forget about social distancing, no one was not even wearing the masks, and even driving on the wrong side of the road. Is this why UPND wants to come into power?

  12. I want our law to take serious action against HH and his party cadres and all the people who were present during the filing of nominations. They just cannot take Zambians for granted! #BannUPND

  13. Is it just me or is there something mischievous about this report? I thought ECZ clarified that they had not banned rallies but had rather only discouraged them – see ECZ SOPs on their website? I thought it was only PF that announced that they would not be holding any rallies? I have not heard any such sentiment from other parties, contrary to what the ZCID is quoted as saying.
    The opposition should be careful here. In the last few months, PF were all over the country holding rallies and campaigning despite COVID, while the opposition were prohibited from doing so. Now that it is official campaign period, they want to ban rallies and are testing the water with funny statements from ZCID.

  14. #13: You are spot on. Problem with some people is they don’t read and understand English. ECZ did not ban rallies, this narrative came from one Davis mwila who is trying to hoodwink the opposition.

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