“Commission of Inquiry on Voting pattern must go”

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Electoral Expert MacDonald Chipenzi says the Commission of Inquiry must go and has since called on President Edgar Lungu to disband it.


Chipenzi stated this in a statement below to Zambian Eye this evening:


President Edgar Lungu must, with immediate effect, disband the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence because its mandate has expired.


According to the Statutory Instrument No. 72 of 2016 that birthed the Commission of Inquiry late last year, its lifespan was for 120 days which have since expired.


It was expected within these 120 days to complete its work and handover the report to the President.


It will be illegal and against the dictates of the Statutory Instrument for the Commission of Inquiry and its commissioners to exist beyond the stipulated timeframe in the Instrument.


President Lungu is therefore challenged to tell the nation whether he has issued another Statutory Instrument to extend the life of the Commission of Inquiry and at what cost to the country.


On what basis would the Inquiry exist beyond its lifespan and how credible would its work be which would be done after the expiry of its mandated?


The credibility of the findings and the entire report would be rendered illegal, questionable and an academic exercise in the public court.


It is clear that the Inquiry has lamentably failed to attract enough witnesses as it is fact that people have resisted to be wooed to support a Commission of Inquiry bent at violating their constitutional right to vote, associate and the right to a secret of the vote.


It is, therefore, reasonable that the money being spent on the 15 commissioners who are currently gallivanting around the country and spending huge sums of taxpayers’ money on lodging in expensive hotels and fuel be channeled to needy areas such as uplifting the lives of persons with disability and also stocking hospitals and health centres with necessary drugs and essentials.


Further, President Lungu would better learn from his Malawian counterpart who only appointed a 3 member Commission of Inquiry on the maize-gate scandal involving Zambia and that country, gave it less days than ours to finish its work and submit its report which it has since done and the Malawian president has acted upon it based on its recommendations.


In our case, 15 member commission of inquiry which was given 120 days has failed to conclude its work on time. Where is efficiency and the prudence in the utilization of the country’s meagre financial resources?


McDonald Chipenzi

Electoral Expert


5 Responses to “Commission of Inquiry on Voting pattern must go”

  1. In the first instance, the Commission on ‘voting pattern’ is totally ill-conceived and betrays a lack of political and civic knowledge. People are supposed to vote with a free concious. Can your slave vote freely? Can your dependant vote freely? Does your tribalist vote freely? Can your employee vote freely? Can your un-informed / ignorant / un-educated individual vote objectively? Can your brutalised and intimidated individual vote freely? Can your corrupt and corrupted father freely?
    Have you read the evolution of representative democracy from its beginning in the Greek city states to the present? Have you rated your candidates OBJECTIVELY to establish how the BEST candidate for the Northern regions is different from the BEST candidate for the Southern regions?

    February 23, 2017 at 8:41 am

  2. Zambian governments have all had a very high propensity to spend recklessly even when the resources are not there. They never think of looking at the income before spending. In Zambia we spend first and budget later. Why on earth would someone appoint such a huge number of people to a commission of enquiry the result of which we already know and will not change the voting pattern. Was it really necessary? In my view, NO it wasn’t. This is why Zambia is inefficient in the way we do things. It is in view of the foregoing that I agree with Mr Chipenzi to disband the commission, it is irrelevant.

    Prince Mande
    February 23, 2017 at 9:04 am

    • Prince – that’s how useless our leaders are – no wonder we will forever remain in in doldrums of under development

      February 23, 2017 at 10:44 am

  3. Bushe u guys with such powers of mentioning instruments what and what do the same pipo have acess to view what u usually say o talk about? coz mmm

    February 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm

  4. share wast of time

    Bakome phiri
    February 23, 2017 at 6:50 pm

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