Inquiry on violence vs Inquiry on Electoral fraud, which must come first?

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President Lungu

By MacDonald Chipenzi

IN his inaugural speech President Lungu admitted in affirmative that there were “pockets of hostility, isolated acts of violence and hooliganism”, describing them as scars, bloats and a shame on the conscience of the nation and that the perpetrators “must carry a heavier burden of it.

He added, “we will act decisively to forestall such behavior.” Hence his desire to set up a Commission of Inquiry on Post Election Violence in Zambia.

Agreed, this is a good move and step in a right direction. But is this just like plucking fruits (effects) or leaves from the tree and bragging that you have solved the problem when the tree is still standing which in a short while start producing the same fruits and leaves.

The root cause of post election related violence, massacre, hooliganism anywhere in the world is largely suspected electoral fraud and impunity by which, suspected fraudsters who are largely from incumbents and institutions of governance such as Courts, media etal try to suppress the aggrieved parties.

Electoral fraud breeds post election violence, hostility, hooliganism. Examples in the recent past of hostility, violence and hooliganism are abundant such as in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo DR, Zanzibar etal.

You can’t appoint a commission of inquiry on violence in such circumstances because as you appoint such a commission the answer is already known instead it should be a Commission of Inquiry on Electoral Fraud.

This is more sustainable and helpful to future electoral solutions while an inquiry on post electoral violence is an exercise in futility.

Therefore, I suggest that President Lungu Institute a Commission of Inquiry on Electoral Fraud in Zambia as opposed to Commission of Inquiry on Violence which is a result of electoral fraud.

This will help to understand how and why various institutions ECZ, Police, ZAF, CSOs, Church, ACC, HRC, media, Judiciary, Legislature and executive, trade unions, citizens etal play the role they played in the 2016 General Elections.

This will help us avoid the same or similar electoral traps, pitfalls, and electoral controversies come 2021 and beyond.

Let those who have ears hear.

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13 Responses to Inquiry on violence vs Inquiry on Electoral fraud, which must come first?

  1. An inquiry into electoral fraud should be top priority. However, the inquirier would have already been bribed even before the inquiry is heard and it will probably be dismissed.Zambia has become a country without of people of calibre and morals. Corruption and crookedness is now a key competency you need to have in order to succeed in Zambia. We really need to change our social norms and its start with the top person in the country

    chama
    September 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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    • UPND tried to falsified the so-called ‘evidence’, and as the public was waiting for the said evidence UPND lawyers and officials were in a panic as some of the people they claimed were witnesses refused to take part, saying they did not know anything and did not want to be involved in falsehood.

      That is what caused the UPND to continue running away from there own petition. As time goes, you will here much more coming out of the same camp.

      You know, what the UPND wanted to do was an organized (disorganized) plot to commit serious crime against the state and the people of Zambia.

      Some people saw that, but most of the UPND supporters followed blindly not knowing what was going on.

      ‘Take the elections materials to court’, so that you do what to the materials (conniving with some elements in the judicial system)

      ‘hand over power to the speaker’, iwe, iwe, iwe! for what? so that you do what? You thing it was for nothing?

      Just wait for the revelations to come out.

      Peace for Zambia
      September 20, 2016 at 10:30 am
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      • Iwe chende, who gave the UPND chance to present evidence. Fear of the unknown repurcursions of having a brainy leader from a tribe other than Eastern/ Northern is what is bring problems to this country. If Chagwa won in 7 provinces compared to HH’s 3, check the margin and reflect. Wanza wehi!

        lififi
        September 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm
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    • Another Tonga assuming everyone believes that PF stole the vote. We voted for PF but UPND wanted to scare us with threats of armageddon so the we don vote for our prefered candidate.
      Chipenzi should be ashamed of himself for thinking in such a shallow way. Thats why Fred Mmembe fired him fro spying for the UPND when he was working for the Post Newspaper.

      Zambia
      September 23, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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  3. Some people have praised illegal President Lungu over his announcement to set up an inquiry relating violences during elections and think Lungu is very intelligent not realising he is the dulliest lawyer.Why not institute an inquiry on institutions like ECZ,CONCOURT and individual JUDGES who are corrupt and were bribed over the PRESIDENTIAL PETITION for failing to handle it professionally?

    Fwebantu
    September 19, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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    • If he does that evidence will be pointing at him. He is at the center of everything. He might as well save tax payer money and just admit then resign. It shouldn’t even inquiry of anything but Lungu’s admission of wrong doing

      A true Zambian
      September 19, 2016 at 11:22 pm
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      • So you mean it should just be left as you think and wish because Lungu is in power he can not be probed?If you indicate that its impossible to set up an inquiry against a thief following that he is President its wrong

        Fwebantu
        September 20, 2016 at 12:06 pm
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    • Fwebantu, its impossible to set an inquiry against yourself as a chief briber/ corrupt person.

      webester ngoma
      September 20, 2016 at 4:27 am
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  4. All issues are connected. Post election violence is a result of election violence as well as election fraud and rigging. You can’t talk about one without talking about the other. Anyone who thinks they can limit the debate or inquiry to just post election violence without delving into election violence and election fraud and rigging is deluding themselves. Sometimes it is better to go along with an intended charade in order to expose it for what it is. While making submissions on post election violence, present a complete dossier on the causes of post election violence which is election violence and election fraud and rigging. Leave the complete document with the commission and publicize your submission. The truth is known and shall be known. It can not be hidden or restricted to one episodic period. Just welcome any call for any commission and the people will broaden the ambit of the inquiry. Zambians are not stupid. They will read between the lines. You have heard the saying that the road to hell may be paved with good intentions. Every one knows that when you start something, you don’t always end where you intended, you could drag up the good and the bad in the process or the positive and the negative in the process. Your negative maybe someone’s positive and your positive maybe someone’s negative. That is called the dialectics of life and there are lessons to be learnt in every situation. I welcome whatever commission is instituted. Something truthful, even partially true will come out if it. Even negative outcomes portend for useful lessons for the future.

    Dr. Munyonzwe Hamalengwa
    September 20, 2016 at 4:38 am
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  5. U don’t need a Commission of Inquiry In Zambia for anything at this stage.Illegal and illegitimate Lungu’s priority is to dispose off the Concourt Petetion which will clear Lungu’s name. The Petetion Hearing will show whether or not the elections were stolen or not and if so by whom? Concourt can then determine and declare the true Winner of this election. The purported dismissal of the Petetion by Concourt is illegal,Null and Void. Concourt has no powers to dismiss the Petetion on any grounds. Concourt’s mandate is to hear the Petetion openly,fairly and in reasonable time and thereafter determine and declare the Winner of the 2016 Zambia Presidential Election.This Is pending and needs to be attended to urgently.This should be the illegal and illegitimate Lungu govt’s priority number one. Restore Rule of Law, Good Governance and legitimacy. The Petetion is very much alive and will not die until its properly disposed off. Otherwise Zambia will become a pariah state and foreign financing will Not flow into Zambia with illegal and illegitimate Lungu at the helm. Time will tell.

    Zulu
    September 20, 2016 at 5:07 am
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  6. UPND tried to falsify the so-called ‘evidence’, and as the public was waiting for the said evidence UPND lawyers and officials were in a panic as some of the people they claimed were witnesses refused to take part, saying they did not know anything and did not want to be involved in falsehood.

    That is what caused the UPND to continue running away from there own petition. As time goes, you will here much more coming out of the same camp.

    You know, what the UPND wanted to do was an organized (disorganized) plot to commit serious crime against the state and the people of Zambia.

    Some people saw that, but most of the UPND supporters followed blindly not knowing what was going on.

    ‘Take the elections materials to court’, so that you do what to the materials (conniving with some elements in the judicial system)

    ‘hand over power to the speaker’, iwe, iwe, iwe! for what? so that you do what? You thing it was for nothing?

    Just wait for the revelations to come out.

    Peace for Zambia
    September 20, 2016 at 10:31 am
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    • You must have been paid big time Mr Peace fimo fimo to keep going on and on over the same puke you bring out. No amount of rubbish you publish will take away the fact that you were scared to hell with the evidence to be given in an open court on how PF forged the results. No wonder you went into overdrive to intimidate and bribe ConCourt judges to stop the hearing. Wait for your turn once your thieving ‘friends’ use you like a condom and then turn on you. It has happened before. Ask those who were close to FTJ you might learn a few lessons on the dangers of blind support.

      Silent Witness
      September 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm
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