Freedom house issues alert on Zambia: past democratic gains in jeorpady

Freedom House, a USA based  independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world has posted the following statement on its website found here

Freedom House is concerned about rising inter-party tensions and pre-election violence during Zambian by-elections and calls on all parties to respect the rule of law and encourage their members to engage in peaceful and lawful campaigning. All stakeholders are obligated to ensure the electoral environment is free from intimidation and violence before truly credible elections can take place.

The Zambian government recently announced that parliamentary by-elections in the southern city of Livingstone had been postponed following increase violence between party supporters. In recent days local media and observers on the ground have reported increasingly fractious contestations between supporters of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) and ruling Patriotic Front (PF) parties, who both have candidates running in the election. Latest developments include the arrest of several prominent opposition leaders, including the President of the UPND, in the wake of the death of a member of the PF party. The parliamentary seat in Livingstone became vacant after the sitting opposition Member of Parliament resigned his from party.

In 2011, Zambia held country-wide elections that resulted in a peaceful transition of power to the Patriotic Front party and marked a significant watershed in the deepening of Zambia’s electoral democracy. These elections were applauded by Zambian and international observers for producing a result that reflected the will of the people and that was accepted by all parties. Escalating tension during recent by-elections in Zambia, and in particular the developments in the run-up to the Livingstone by-election puts in jeopardy the significant progress made to date. This violence risks reopening Zambia’s electoral system to regularized incidences of violence and undue influence upon the voting population. Politically motivated violence must cease if Zambia is to continue on the path toward democratic consolidation.

Zambia is rated Partly Free in Freedom House’s Freedom in the World 2013 and Freedom of the Press 2012 surveys.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 85
  • comment-avatar
    mumbwe 4 years

    KK is equally unclean..coz he’s now a cadre..the bembas have goen too far..we shall see..

  • comment-avatar
    lozi warrior 4 years

    A pf cadre was killed? Most bembaz know that a bemba was killed in lozi/tonga land. For me this is what is worrying. We need healing in the nation bcoz sata is ruining tribal unity

    • comment-avatar
      SindisoNkatya 4 years

      You are very correct. I personally have grown to hate Bembas all of a sudden. It is like someone just unleashed them from the sky! Whichever institution you walk in, you will be greeted and attended to in Bemba! This is a genuine observation and we need the One Zambia One Nation motto now more than ever. Sadly, KK cannot help his recruit by advising him how to unify us. Sata is a proper tribalist who will leave the poor innocent Bembas to suffer for nothing.

      • comment-avatar
        System A 4 years

        Correct. Sata has created the worst hatred of Bembas of all time by all other tribes even their cousins Ngonis due to harassment of RB. It’s dangerous

  • comment-avatar
    H.H 4 years

    IT MEANS IF YOU THINK YOU WILL NOT WIN THE ELECTIONS, KILL SOME PEOPLE AND COMFUSE THE REST. DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO YOU NOW? WHAT DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF?

  • comment-avatar
    Zambia is peaceful 4 years

    Where can one find the definition of MAPATIZYA FORMULA trying to understand the term as there are a lot of different views, no insults please

    • comment-avatar
      Muntu Na Muntu 4 years

      The theme is past democratic gains in jeopard. Is Mapatizya formula in this article? Probably you need to do a little bit of comprehension to learn how to contextualise issues. You are the same people who like reflecting and hate thinking. Think and do not just reflect.

      • comment-avatar
        Zambia is a peaceful Nation 4 years

        Just asking a very genuine question

        • comment-avatar
          One Zambia One Nation 4 years

          Yes genuine but using the wrong fora is what you are being told. period.

  • comment-avatar
    Voice of Reason 4 years

    Unless we radically enforce the electoral code of conduct, we are headed for a bleak experience of the 2016 Elections. Based on the current violence marred by-elections of Mufumbwe, Mpongwe & Livingstone, if no deliberate measures are made to mitigate against such occurences, we foresee an eruption of brutal violence never experienced before in this country. This is a fact we all need to take responsibility for, because all indicators are showing that tension is mounting, and for as long as this pressure is not vented safely, the explosion is inevitable. The reuslt will be bloodshed, loss of lives, economic downtime. Can Prsident Sata atleast ensure the prevalence of peace and unity amidst divergent views?

    • comment-avatar
      Muntu Na Muntu 4 years

      This is how a thinker ought to come out. Allow me to use your words as my own.

    • comment-avatar
      Lina 4 years

      Totally agree with you.Every peace loving Zambian must come on board to ensure that peace prevails in our country.However looking at the thugs in the steering wheel,Sata to be precise,he seems to be a naturally brutal man who less cares about the peace of this nation but only interested in being head under PF.He needs an education for him to come to terms with other poeple with different views on good governance and democracy.But educating someone old,katwishi…….ni LESA fye.