HH warns ECZ against causing strife

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UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has cautioned the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) against causing strife in the country by disrespecting the will of the people before, during and after elections.

Speaking to the press shortly after a closed-door meeting held between him and the ECZ at the Election House in Lusaka today, Hichilema stated that the electoral body must ensure transparent, free, fair and credible elections.

The opposition leader sought to meet the ECZ in the wake of reported intimidation of the UPND candidate in the forthcoming Sesheke by-elections Romeo Kang’ombe by state agents.

“We held a meeting with the Electoral Commission of Zambia officials and reminded them to be impartial and hold elections in a manner that does not subdue our country’s democracy. We also advised the Electoral body not to allow the PF’s continued intimidation on our Sesheke parliamentary candidate Romeo Kang’ombe. We told the ECZ officials that elections must be a source of pride and joy for our people to choose leaders of their choice who can deliver development as opposed to the violence and hate speech we are seeing in our country,” said Hichilema.

He says Zambians have lost confidence in the ECZ hence the need for it to ensure that elections do not become a source of bloodshed.

Hichilema added that the ECZ must not be an accomplice to the Patriotic Front (PF) party in destroying Zambia’s democracy.

“We only have one country and we will not allow anyone including the electoral body to destroy it through decisions aimed at enabling only them and a few others living luxurious lives when majority Zambians are suffering. Zambia deserves better and this is why we say for us it’s Zambia and Zambians first,” added Hichilema.

The UPND delegation included vice president Dr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, Secretary General Stephen Katuka, National Chairman Mutale Nalumango, Spokesman Charles Kakoma, Deputy Secretary General Patrick Mucheleka, Deputy Elections Chairman Michael Nyambe and other NMC members.

The ECZ team was led by the deputy commission chairperson Ali Simwinga and other senior management officials.

 

Held a meeting with the Electoral Commission of Zambia officials and reminded them to be impartial and hold elections in a manner that does not subdue our country’s democracy.

We also advised the Electoral body not to allow the PF’s continued intimidation on our Sesheke parliamentary candidate Romeo Kang’ombe.

We told the ECZ officials that elections must be a source of happiness for our people to choose leaders of their choice who can deliver development as opposed to the violence and hate speech we are seeing in our country.

We only have one country and we will not allow anyone including the electoral body to destroy it through decisions aimed at only them and a few others living luxurious lives when majority Zambians are suffering.

Zambia deserves better and this is why we say for us it’s Zambia and Zambians first.

People power! Our power! Our land!

HH

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