The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) is noted with concern the hostility by the Patriotic Front (PF) officials towards the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) following their loss in the recently held parliamentary by-elections.
CCZ has observed that the party in power (PF) has not conceded defeat through the expression of aggression towards the ECZ, through its Secretary General Wynter Kabimba and other top party officials who have accused ECZ of favouring the opposition in the last by-elections.
These attacks on ECZ by the ruling party is an act of insincerity, especially that PF has endorsed the commission’s credibility whenever they emerged winners in many elections especially in recently numerous induced by elections which had characterized the political scene.
In a democracy which brought PF into power, we expect the party to show maturity, respect for the rule of law and systems which govern the democratic processes especially those that have been given the mandate by themselves as a government.
The continued harassment of ECZ staff as a result of the poor performance in the just needed parliamentary elections exhibits political intolerance by the ruling party which has not conceded defeat and has instead shifted the blame on an innocent institution which serves the purpose for which it was created.
The church does not expect the party in power to change goal posts when they are disadvantaged in an election but continue to give credit where credit is due when they win or loss in any election.
Pf’s poor performance in the just ended by-elections is a sign that people are losing confidence in the government because of the unfulfilled promises which they made to them during the run up to elections.
We would like to advise the PF government to stop witch-hunting and reflect on their pledges made during their campaigns to better the lives of the people which have not been fulfilled despite being given the mandate to rule.
The Council believes that allowing politicians to vent out their anger on the outcome of the elections conducted under the watchful eye of the ECZ is going against the constitution which gives the commission the power to oversee the elections process.
The PF leadership should use the correct channels to challenged the election outcome and avoid using channels that result in the brewing of political tension and instill fear in the people who have been given the mandate to oversee the elections.
The ECZ should be protected by the government in power and all law abiding citizens in its quest to executed its duties diligently and serve the nation as well as contribute to the growing democracy.
Reverend Suzanne Matale
GENERAL SECRETARY-COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN ZAMBIA