Police release findings on “Malawi Voters”

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Police Chief Kakoma Kanganja

Police Chief Kakoma Kanganja

The Zambia Police has released its findings on the reports that some foreigners have been registered to vote in the August general election.

 

The Police announced its findings in a press statement below by Police Chief Kakoma Kanganja:

 

PRESS STATEMENT

FINDINGS ON THE REPORT OF MALAWIANS AND TANZANIANS PURPORTED TO HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AS VOTERS IN EASTERN AND NORTHERN PROVINCES OF ZAMBIA

 

On 13th May, 2016 a report was made by Mr Garry Nkombo and Mrs Silvia Masebo of the United Party for National Development (UPND) at Woodlands Police Station to the effect that over 500,000 foreigners had been registered by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)as voters. This according to their claim was a ECZ calculated act to rig the elections in favour of the Patrotic Front (PF). On 5th July,2016 the Nation would recall that the Post newspaper edition No 7200 carried a story with a headline “ECZ SOURCES EXPOSE GHOST  VOTERS” in which the paper published 207 names of people purported to be foreigners but registered as voters by ECZ.  The edition indicated that 178 were Malawians while 29 were Tanzanians.

Considering the seriousness of the allegations as made by Mr Garry Nkombo and Ms Silvia Masebo and a story carried in this edition of the post news paper investigations were instituted.

After thorough investigations the 207 names as published in the post news paper Edition No. 7200 have been found to be Zambians nationals from Chief Chanje Chiefdom Rukuzye ward in Chipangali constituency.  To our great disappointment the details of the people published in the post newspaper edition were collected from residents of this same ward by the village Headwoman Katamanda whose real names are Alaina Phiri after being engaged by  two women who were introduced to her by headman Mbobo, whose real names are Mr Tumeyo Mbobo Phiri a UPND chairperson for Rukuzye ward in Chipangali Constituency after being promised to be paid K2500 after the task of which a down payment of K500 was made. The Headwoman thereafter engaged two of her subjects Mary Manda and Lena Nkhoma to execute this task.

When approached by the investigation team Headman Mbobo acknowledged having introduced two women who were later identified as Mrs Caroline Zulu Munyumbwe and Mrs Chona Malata both teachers at Katete Primary School who were conducting voter sensitizations workshops for the UPND  at a church building in Mafuta Village, to Village Headwoman Katamanda. The investigations team further interviewed the people from whom voters cards were collected and their details of National Registration Cards were compared as also found in the provisional voters register for Chipangali ward Constituency and were found to be the same.

Arising from the findings of this exhaustive investigation the following people have since been charged and arrested as follows:-

Headwoman Katamanda  Alaina Phiri and Headman Mbobo Tumelo Phiri were arrested and jointly charged for the offence of illegal practices relating  to the poll, Contrary to Section 87 (1d) and Section 88 of the Electoral Process Act No. 35 of 2016 as read together with Section 21 (1c) of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia. The duo appeared in court on Friday 22nd July, 2016 and are remanded in custody. A man hunt has also been launched for the two female teachers currently on the run. As regards to the 29 Tanzanians allegedly registered as voters by ECZ our investigations have established that they are Zambians registered as voters in Mbala and Mpulungu.

The assertions by Mr Garry Nkombo, Ms Silvia Masebo and the post news paper of foreign nationals having been registered by the ECZ as voters have been found to be false.  We are warning people involving themselves in such illegal practices that they risk being arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the Law. All those that could have participated must surely know that the long arm of the Law will eventually catch up with them and they shall be brought to book as their action has the potential to compromise the security of our nation.

I therefore, wish to assure all Zambians of our commitment to a peaceful, fair, credible and violent free election. Let the people of Zambia have trust and confidence in the Police.  This is their institution mandated by law to protect life and property, Preserve peace and maintain law and order,Ensure the security of the people of Zambia and Up hold the bill of rights.

The Zambia Police Service has never been partisan and will always remain impartial.  It is in this regard that I am urging all peace loving Zambians to desist from bringing Police officers into politics. I am referring to today’s post news paper edition No 7221 which has paraded purported Police officers supporting a political party.  An inquiry file has since been opened.

 

In respect of the shooting incident of 8th July,2016, I wish to once again regret the loss of life and wish to inform the nation that this is a serious matter that requires thorough investigation. The investigations are still ongoing and at an opportune time the nation will be accordingly informed.  I would like to appeal to all citizens of Zambia to shun violence and remain peaceful before, during and after elections.

 

 

KAKOMA KANGANJA

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

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12 Responses to Police release findings on “Malawi Voters”

  1. Offcourse they would deny the facts and stick to propaganda. However Lungu is losing still because no one is spared when it comes to hunger.

    mary
    July 27, 2016 at 6:38 am
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  2. Surely do you expect sensible things from our Zambia Police. It is no longer a police force/service but a wing of PF.

    How will the opposition ensure that these foreigners don’t vote?

    Orange
    July 27, 2016 at 7:20 am
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  3. Poorly done investigation. I remember very well that the photos that were shown in the Post Newspaper had people who had NRCs and Voter’s Cards for both Zambia and Malawi. In any case what did we expect from the Inspect General of Police who was appointed by ECL?

    Monde
    July 27, 2016 at 8:06 am
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  4. Very poor and kaponya type of investigation which is laughable by all investigators. This is embarrassing to the wings of investigations in Zambia and at international level. Some of those registered were interviewed and confessed that it was not only the government of pf that registered them but were also coming to vote for pf.
    Kanganja has been held at ransom by a state house group. Shame

    Lambya
    July 27, 2016 at 8:32 am
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  5. Goodness is that police officers ni longer take kangani seriously. They will no longer take orders to kill civillians since they have nothing to gain.

    JOE VALEMU
    July 27, 2016 at 9:30 am
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  6. If you come from any village setting in Zambia, you will know that there is a general belief out there that nobody dies without a human hand involved. And with this belief, a particular individual will be accused of being responsible. No denials will be accepted. And in fact, whatever the accused does, in the eyes of the accusers, it will always be seen as confirmation of the responsibility.

    In this case of foreigners having been registered, no amount of denial will calm the storm because the establishment is already in the accused dock. I feel sorry for the Police, but I also want to encourage them to continue doing what they know best.

    M.M.
    July 27, 2016 at 9:38 am
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  7. So UPND lied. This whole thing was a UPND ploy to destabilise the country and make people lose faith in ECZ. Its really shameful the levels people will go to to undermine others.

    MyZambia
    July 27, 2016 at 9:50 am
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  8. That inspector general of police in zambia. Can not even quality to be a police constable in UK or New Zealand

    Banda
    July 27, 2016 at 10:09 am
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  9. Lets have an indipendent investigation away from Zambian police

    wheels
    July 27, 2016 at 10:30 am
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  10. ok fine, now give us a report on those guys that were killing people in Lusaka,making us go home early for fear of being skinned alive, where are they???

    Proffessor
    July 27, 2016 at 1:46 pm
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  11. Who shot the girl in chawama

    zambian
    July 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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  12. You can not expect anything good from Kakoma Kanganja a person who is an appointee.He can not go against the appointing authority.Just imagine those Malawians who were paraded with Voters Cards and Registration Cards from both Malawi and Zambia and someone comes up with a blank and instead implicates the Party that was inquisitive to know the truth of the story.By the way is Kanganja a trained Police Officer.Some of us were Police officers for 30 years but never came across such a name.No wonder his officers who have been pushed too much against the wall have started behaving strangely.

    Blackie62
    July 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm
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