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ECZ Brokers Truce between PF and UPND

The Patriotic Front and UPND have made a pretence at peace and will hold a joint press conference today at the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to denounce violence.

Both parties have proved the biggest stumbling block to peaceful elections with their supporters routinely clashing and blooding each other.

In the wake of the July 26 mayoral elections the two parties have felt the pressure to make peace and will be following up on their pronouncements with some measure of action.

FULL STATEMENT

COMMUNIQUÉ RELEASED BY THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA ON THE EXPECTED CONDUCT OF THE PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF) AND THE UNITED PARTY FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (UPND) FOR THE LUSAKA MAYORAL BY-ELECTION AND OTHER DISTRICT AND WARD BY-ELECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR

26 JULY 2018

 

19 July, 2018

A Communiqué and resolutions thereto were signed on 12 July 2018 in view of Stakeholder expectations for the 26 July 2018 Lusaka Mayoral By-Election and other District and Ward By-Elections. Amongst other resolutions signed, the resolution that comes to the fore is as follows, “That the Commission calls upon leaders of United Party for National Development (UPND) and Patriotic Front (PF) Campaign Teams including youth and women group leaders to be called to the Commission to discuss the curbing of political violence.”

It is in this vein that the Commission has convened a meeting to openly discuss with the Campaign Managers, Chairpersons’ Women and Chairpersons’ Youth from Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) in terms of conduct of political parties during the by-elections of 26 July 2018.

The political parties present have unanimously resolved as follows:

 

  1. That the Chairpersons of the Youth, Women and Campaign Managers from UPND and PF shall hold a Joint Press Conference on Friday, 20th July 2018 to address the Nation. In this Joint Press Conference, that both parties have agreed to call a truce and disarm their militant members;

 

  1. That the Police should execute their work professionally without any political interference and arrest any person carrying offensive weapons and/or perpetrating violence;

 

  1. That both political parties should demilitarise their political regalia going forward and allow the electorates to move around and vote freely;

 

4.That an appeal be made to the media to report factually and professionally.

 

We further wish to reiterate that we remain firm in ensuring that we will not clash and/or disrupt campaigns of other political parties. Furthermore, we will allow the electorate to vote freely on 26 July 2018 without any threats of violence, force or intimidation.

 

Issued by

Margaret Chimanse

Public Relations Manager

For/Chief Electoral Officer

17 Comments

  1. Mazuba Isaacs hamumba

    This is what it means if u don’t really understand ur job.we started longtime time ago to call for peace and u gave us deaf 👂 now that people have started dying this is when u feel bringing these two parties together.pevention is better than cure bane

  2. DARIAN MUSUNE

    a lion only realizes to say it is useless when it is challenged by the world dogs,and i really believe that what has made this togetherness between the two parties is because of the death of the mayor. ah,muzativuta mwe!

  3. Jms

    That woman has been tucked wrong ideas by men hear me clear woman when something is wrong with the top doing dubious means although you your self knowing the base but stay quite you become weak by guessing that may be even the UPND is involved nonsense Go back to the base by letting the Head of state by reorganizing the country other wise by bringing those two parties together that is a wrong thought they will meet without solving anything. Who governs the country using who,when and how,?you ask your selves these questions. YOU ARE NOT USING YOUR POWERS DON’T BE USED

  4. banito

    only pf fools

  5. Jms

    A better ruler rules without fear or fervour but a ruler fervours where their is fear look workers suffering, people being uneasy in their own country all these occurring who is responssble eeee why worsting time in meeting JUST REASON AND SEE ,(SOME I WAS SURPRISED TO NOTE THAT THEY THEY WHERE BEGGING FOR A POLICE POST SHAME HOW DO YOU EXPECT THEM TO WORK) respect your people

  6. royd Vinda

    Let us wait and see if it will work this time around.

  7. FGM

    Both PF and UPND exist legally and are protected by our constitution. What is lacking is the proper enforcement of the laws. The ruling party is not looking at the opposition as a legal entity, it sees them as enemies wrestling power from it. Nothing will change if this perception is not erased. All public resources are now a preserve of the ruling party , WHY??? The public media and some public institutions are like a baby of the ruling party. If we are truly a multi party state we should behave like South Africa.

  8. Talaifer

    What if they are found, are they going to be penalipenalized? So police do not know that if someone misbehaves he/she should be arrested? Don’t they know that they should act professionally? What a country where one realises that things are bad after death. Leaders who do not foresee dangers and avoid them. For sure Zambia has gone to the ………………

  9. JMB

    THIS TIME AROUND IF ONLY THESE TWO PARTIES PF AND UPND ARE INVOLVED IN ANY FORM OF VIOLENCE JUST PICK THE ONE WHO COMES ON THE THIRD POSITION TO BE THE WINNER

  10. The Chief

    Don’t close your eyes

  11. Jms

    To the culprit here are of who owns,police, judiciary, media etc to tell you the TRUTH the WORST part of all is the CABINET mr lungu must check his cabinet much of them have much DISADVANTAGES than ADVANTAGES LOOK in mines problems in home/ ee affairs ,commerce, Agriculture etc all problems what is occurring.man was chosen to head due to his strong ness, courageous ness faithfulness etc BUT ,What we see is coward ness ,unfaithful ness ,unwilling ness to even give market good water/toilets what kind of people are you.IF THESE ARE CULPRITS fire police men and women they have called to do their jobs.HOW CAN THIEF STEAL WHILE POLICE WSTCHING

  12. Leon

    ZAMBIA NEEDS A LEADER

  13. Barotseland

    Zwaaaaaaaaaa Pf

  14. Elijah Mache

    Hope the meeting successful and no violence

    • Tom London

      Elijah my brother to tell you the fact nothing will make sense out of this nonsense get together part of the ecz . in my view I wish to advise our so called ecz to first of all nullify the just ended chilanga parliamentary by election . what happened in chilanga has fueled the current political violence in Lusaka . Accordingly the pf is to blame for all these political violence in the country . As they used all dirty tricks to win the chilanga seat .
      The upnd had to fight back . And now the fight is between the lion and the tiger 50/50 Ba kamba ( panga for panga
      ) .

  15. Prosperity

    This is really nonsense, u can’t fool people by signing an agreement which is going to change nothing. The damage has already been done.

  16. Ibrahim

    This is pure hypocricy

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