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Appointing a UPND stooge to ECZ is an assault on democracy – GBM

General News Appointing a UPND stooge to ECZ is an assault on democracy –...

Patriotic Front, PF, aspirant for the party‘s top position, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, GBM, has described as a blatant assault on democracy and an insult to the collective wisdom of the Zambian people the appointment of a well-known UPND stooge, McDonald Chipenzi, as Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of Zambia, ECZ.

Mr. Mwamba says President Hichilema is daring the Zambian people by openly desecrating the country’s democratic credentials, an act that has been well noted and likely to sow seeds of despondency among voters.

The former Kasama lawmaker says he is at great pains to understand how the President can proceed with such an appointment when Chipenzi is an active member of the ruling party. He wonders again why the President thinks Zambians are going to sit idly by watching him walk all over the democracy they fought for so hard.

“This guy, Chipenzi, was all over the Kabushi and Kwacha constituencies ensuring that UPND bent every rule in the book to disadvantage PF with the assistance of ECZ. This is the guy you give the Zambian people to preside over an institution which is the nerve center and heartbeat of electoral democracy”. Mr. Mwamba wonders.

The former Defense Minister has called on Zambians, civil society, and Members of Parliament to reject Chipenzi’s appointment and use every legal means available to block the ratification of his name.

Mr. Mwamba says President Hichilema has gone too far in his open contempt for the will of the Zambian and the country’s democratic institutions. He says he must be made to understand that the people and not him hold real power and authority by sending Chpenzi’s name to his desk.

“If you feel so indebted to Chipenzi”, Mr. Mwamba tells Mr. Hichilema, “Why can’t you appoint him to many other positions that have no implication for democracy?”

The veteran politician says President Hichilema has targeted ECZ to for purposes of entrenching an advantage for him so that the 2026 elections are tilted to his favor. Unfortunately for him, Mr. Mwamba says President Hichilema’s strategy and tactics are being read like an open book by all and chances of him succeeding will be dimmed considerably.

“Shamelessly and desperately, Mr. Hichilema orchestrated the ouster of the former ECZ Director, an act that signified his underhand methods and failure to play by the rules of engagement”, Mr. Mwamba says.


  1. I DO NOT LIKE THE slogan Dununa Reverse but here I am forced to use it. Where is this country heading to? Whenever I saw HH in pictures I saw a young executive not dirtied by our politics. But now I am seeing the usual African politicians who uses all tactics to cling to power forever.

  2. You are just being tribunal as usual, the fellow decent values than you will ever have. Have you ever engaged him on issues?
    Any way he is a Zambian, entitled to any appointment like your children. By the way how many Tongas have you employed in your company = 0.

  3. In every appointment there is merits and demerits, i think the merit here is that guy understands democratic issues very well. And secondly, he is not the only one at ECZ so he cannot bull doze his way.

  4. There you go. If Shi Anderson Junior was really as intelligent and as democratic as he erroneously portrayed into the public by now we would have had ingenious pieces of legislation to correct the ills that he pointed out while in desperate opposition. But now he is even worse than we thought. But the writing is on the wall., when the west pours praises on you then you know you are giving them the soup they want. Hakainde is such a one shef.

  5. Chenda bushiku i agree with you this guy is a let down to Zambians he is reversing every good thing the past goverments had done .



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