Republic of Zambia
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services
STATEMENT BY HON. KENNEDY SAKENI, MP MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON THE ‘MAPATIZYA FORMULA’
Zambians are entitled to a free and peaceful atmosphere in choosing leaders of their choice in the forthcoming Livingstone Central and Mpongwe Parliamentary By-Elections.
It is, therefore, unacceptable for opposition UPND Livingstone Central Parliamentary by-election Campaign Manager Mr. Garry Nkombo to insist that it will use the so called ‘Mapatizya formula’ in the by-elections, as reported by some sections of the media.
Zambians have not forgotten the violence and brutality perpetrated by the UPND on innocent people in the Mapatizya parliamentary by-election in Kalomo, Southern Province, eight years ago, where the so called ‘Mapatizya formula’ was coined.
Mr. Nkombo is reminded that in that bloody by-election, the UPND campaign team organised a ‘militia’ that attacked motorists, held meetings without permits and harassed members of the opposing camp.
At a press conference on 4th May, 2005, to announce its candidate, the UPND blatantly declared what it called a ‘’Jihad Political War’’ which incited cadres to resort to violence and disregard the authority of the police and other law enforcement agents in the by-election.
Is this what the UPND wants to do in the forthcoming Livingstone by-election, as stated by Mr. Nkombo?
We urge the people of Zambia to reject political parties like UPND that believe in violence.
UPND is further reminded that Livingstone occupies a special place as the country’s tourist capital which is also earmarked to co-host the prestigious United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly this August.
As such, any acts of political violence will be met with the full force of the law.
HON. KENNEDY SAKENI, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON
6th February, 2013