Opinion

Opinion: Chilanga Electoral Violence A Sign Of Impunity

It is sad that despite assurances from the highest office on the land-the Presidency, also the head of Police, Mr. Kakoma Kanganja and senior ruling party officials that electoral violence will not be condoned but the happenings of today acts contrary these assurances.

The reports of violence occasioned by the ruling party cadres on opposition UPND parliamentary candidate for Chilanga are very unfortunate. The question that begs an answer is whether or not political activities in Chilanga are not policed.

It is a common electoral practice world over that during campaigns, political parties share their campaign programmes with the electoral commission which later shares with the police in that particular area for easy policing those campaign activities.

Is the violence in Chilanga display of lack of knowledge of these activities from the Police or what is happening in Chilanga where rival political contestants are being attacked without trace of security presence just deliberate move from the Police? Or this is a sign of state security failure to police the electoral process and provide security to all citizens regardless of their political affiliations?

Zambia police has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that it has the capacity, skill and the competency to police the electoral process in Chilanga. Is it that the Police Inspector General is failing in his duties or he is being undermined by his juniors?

We saw it on nomination day when, again, the police showed lapses in enforcing the electoral law when it allowed the breakage of the electoral law by the ruling party cadres which demands that only 15 supporters must escort the candidate into the nomination room by allowing more than 15 persons in the room.

Therefore, the violence in Chilanga today must be condemned and the police must arrest those involved, if truly it is an impartial service.

Written by McDonald Chipenzi

15 Comments

  1. Claps James Mphande

    Ahhh but chilanga izavuta chabe mwe why can’t we just do clean elections but dirty ones, ba UPND bikeniko amano twanaka namano Aya muziba kuti muluza muli nuu ndeo

  2. aaronmukupwa

    what are these soo called police doing nothing we can’t pointing fingers at each other let these corrupt cops do there jobd

  3. aaronmukupwa

    what are these soo called police doing nothing we can’t pointing fingers at each other let these corrupt cops do there job

  4. PM

    The truth shal wil b know.

  5. Wenge

    If the leader break the low for becoming a president , so the breaking of the low will continue until that govement is out , by now we are just observing time will come for Zambian to change.

  6. Wesley

    If the leader break the low for becoming a president , so the breaking of the low will continue until that govement is out , by now we are just observing time will come for Zambian to change.

  7. Wesley

    If the leader break the low for becoming a president , so the breaking of the low will continue to its cadets until that govement is out , by now we are just observing time will come for Zambian to change.

  8. P.n.p.z

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    Bwalyabuka chalipwa

  9. H.M.Chibabula

    We perish because lack of knowledge,the so called cadres have to think twice not fighting for useless things, that’s being ignorant.

  10. Mbulli

    Sad development indeed , come 2021 God pliz help us

  11. Shaka

    When the perpetrators are ruling,the police is toothless. If there will be no arrests,then we will know who is violent.

  12. Kafula

    Always remember that we are one. Fighting another won’t help us in anyway but only hinders development of our Mother Zambia.

  13. FGM

    Dr.Kaunda turned Zambia into a one party state due to tribal inclined political violence. The system became dictatorial in nature. In 1990 we reverted to multi partism. We promised political maturity . 30 years down the line we are still behaving like we don’t know what we fought for. Politicians you’re a let down to the Zambian citizenry. All you want is power. You don’t mind the divisions you are causing and the blood you spill. And you’re always telling us that leadership comes from God . Why those bribes, corruption and violence? Shame on you indeed.

  14. vusi Sithole

    Viva pf! we are behind you.

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