27 February 2013

Zambia: LAZ Takes Sata to Task On Violence

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(File photo) Zambian police beat and teargas opposition protesters.

The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has challenged President Michael Sata to come out in the open and condemn the electoral violence being experienced in the country and largely perpetrated by supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front.

Paulman Chungu, honorary secretary of LAZ, says President Sata should take the initiative and call the opposition to stand in one accord against violence.

He said in statement that while LAZ was aware of the challenges the Zambia Police faced, the men and women in uniform are also called upon to save lives and rise above challenges especially during elections.

And Non Governmental Organisation Co-ordinating Council (NGOCC) executive director Beatrice Grillo has condemned the violence in Livingstone resulting in the death of PF cadre Henry Chanda.

Chanda allegedly died after he and his colleagues attacked the United Party for National Development camp with the view of setting it ablaze, a situation that caused the fracas.

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, his two lawmakers Garry Nkombo and Request Muntanga are currently in custody for violence related charges and are due to appear in court this morning with 29 others.

Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani confirmed the arrest and detention of Hichilema, Nkombo, Muntanga and more than 20 members of their campaign team triggering violence.

Livingstone residents go to the poll tomorrow to elect a new Member of Parliament after their member Reverend Howard Sikwela was coerced by PF to resign barely six months in office.

Sikwela was a product of another by-election that came up after the Livingstone High Court nullified the 2011 parliamentary election of an MMD candidate.

Regina Musokotwane is contesting the Livingstone central seat on the UPND ticket while Lawrence Evans is the PF candidate with Fred Siansuntwe for MMD.

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