RB says Mufumbwe polls were neither free no fair

President Rupiah Banda says the just ended bye-election in Mufumbwe where the MMD candidate was routed by the opposition was not free.

And president Banda has blamed the opposition for the violence that marked the election.

President Banda has also appealed for calm in area where two people have been reportedly killed.

The president however is urging the police to be firm in dealing with the situation.

According to his spokesperson, Dickson Jere, President Banda, ‘said it was clear that the parliamentary by-election in that area was not conducted in a free and fair manner going by the amount of voter intimidation, violence and blatant disregard to the electoral rules.

“The President said it was regrettable that the campaigns in Mufumbwe were characterized by violence perpetuated by the opposition supporters. He appealed to the residents of Mufumbwe to go back to their normal lives and avoid getting involved in violence activities which continued even after the vote”,  said Jere.

Jere went on to sat that his president President reiterated his earlier instruction to the Zambia Police Service to make sure that all perpetrators of violence are brought to book and the law should take its course regardless of whoever is involved. He said it was regrettable that political parties were now resorting to violence in an attempt to win elections at all cost.

“The President thanked the people of Mufumbwe for the warm reception accorded to him and his delegation during his three-day campaign tour and pledged to continue with the development projects in the area. He said he would return to visit Mufumbwe District in the near future.

“President Banda thanked all the people, especially the campaign team of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), for their tireless in campaigning for the MMD candidate. He urged them to remain focus especially that the MMD performed well in the Parliamentary and Local Government by-elections held on April 29, 2010.”

President Banda was in Mufumbwe for three days to campaign for his candidate.

The Mufumbwe seat was held by the MMD before the bye-election.

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