Government says looking for credible ECZ chairperson

Government says it is looking for a credible person to take over from former Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson Justice Florence Mumba.

The government has also assured workers at ECZ that their calls and demands will be addressed.

According to Zambia Daily Mail, Government spokesperson Ronnie Shikapwasha said this in an interview in Lusaka.

“We will search for the right candidate to take over from Ms Justice Mumba. We will do this in accordance with the laws of the land,” he said.

Gen Shikapwasha said it is important that someone takes over from Justice Mumba to ensure that the events lined up at the commission are not disturbed.

“We have by-elections coming up and other important events. So we want to ensure that everything is in place,” he said.

He also said Government will not ignore workers’ demands at ECZ because they are best suited to know the happenings at the commission.

“We cannot ignore the workers’ demands because they are the ones who work there and know what goes on.

Apart from being workers, they are also Zambians who are entitled to be heard by Government,” he said.

Gen Shikapwasha said Zambians are relying on ECZ workers to deliver free and fair elections this year.

He also urged Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata to wait patiently and see how the issues at ECZ will be handled.

“He has said in his response to the President’s letter that he will wait and see how these issues will be handled, so let him be patient and wait,” he said.

Gen Shikapwasha advised Mr Sata to concentrate on issues in his political party rather than minding what is happening in the ruling MMD.

He was responding to part of Mr Sata’s response to President Banda where he stated that MMD provincial chairmen went through unopposed because of personal preferences.

Gen Shikapwasha, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said the PF has never held internal elections.

“Why should he worry about provincial conferences in MMD when he held his conferences secretly? We in the MMD publicised all our provincial conferences. We are not worried about the PF. President Banda is busy providing for the people of Zambia,” he said.

Gen Shikapwasha said Mr Sata has no agenda for the people of Zambia.

“He has no agenda, no manifesto, so even responding to him is a waste of time because we have more important issues to attend to,” he said.

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