Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Wynter Kabimba must be arrested immediately for breaking the Zambian immigration laws and the electoral regulations by smuggling foreigners into the country to illegally participate in the country’s electoral process thereby introducing extraneous influence on the outcome of the elections,” Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) president Frank Bwalya has demanded.
And the MMD says it has always suspected foul play in the results of the 2011 general elections and that the revelations by the Justice Minister had effectively rendered the PF government illegitimate.
Fr Bwalya has stated that what Mr Kabimba did was a criminal act and that President Michael Sata had an opportunity to demonstrate that there were no sacred cows in his government by immediately dismissing his Justice Minister for engaging in electoral criminal acts.
Fr Bwalya said the revelations that Mr Kabimba smuggled Kenyan nationals into Zambia through Nakonde border to assist the PF with Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) during the 2011 tripartite elections amounted to a serious criminal offence over which the Justice Minister could immediately be arrested.
On Friday last week, Mr Kabimba was quoted in some section of the media revealing that he smuggled some Kenyans through the Nakonde boarder to help the PF with Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT).
The ABZ leader said Mr Kabimba knew that his action of smuggling foreign nationals to illegally participate in the 2011 general elections hence his confession that had the former president Rupiah Banda and the MMD won the elections, he would have been jailed.
“Mr Kabimba knew that his action was against the immigration laws of our country hence his confession that if the MMD government discovered his wrong doing, he could have been jailed. Against this background, we demand for professionalism and impartiality on the part of the police in dealing with this very serious matter. The police and other law enforcement agencies should demonstrate that they do not practice selective prosecution by dealing with the confession of Mr. Kabimba in the same manner that they deal with those of us who are perceived to be enemies of the government. The police should show that no one is above the law,” Fr Bwalya said.
Fr Bwalya said what was more surprising was that Mr Kabimba chose to smuggle citizens of a Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) country into Zambia when they could have entered the country legally.
He said it was the conclusion of his party that the people Mr Kabimba smuggled into Zambia could have had criminal records or similar impediments to prevent them from entering Zambia..
“The revelation of Mr Kabimba has come as a big shock for some of us who participated in PVT for PF. We knew that some foreign assistance could have been received in terms of procuring equipment and funds but we are shocked that illegal activities were also part of the noble work of PVT,” Fr Bwalya said.
He explained that it would be a waste of time for Zambians to demand that President Sata should fire Mr Kabimba as Justice Minister and secretary general of PF because it was certain that the Head of State knew about this criminal activity.
He has challenged President Sata to demonstrate that there were no sacred cows in his government and party by dismissing Mr Kabimba as Justice Minister and secretary general of PF.
He said the President should also ensure that no political interference was allowed in Mr Kabimba’s investigations.
‘Since the chief executive officer of the ruling party who is Justice Minister has confessed to this kind of wrong doing, we should all shudder to think of what the PF government is capable of doing with the advantage of incumbency. It would not be far-fetched to conclude that PF would do worse things to win elections in 2016. As such, we reiterate our call for Zambians to be united and remove PF after one term and save our country from turning into a banana republic,” Fr Bwalya said. MMD national treasure Mwansa Mbulakulima said he was shocked and dismayed when he heard Mr Kabimba confessing on the Zambia National Broadcasting Cooperation (ZNBC) that he had smuggled in Kenyans through the Nakonde border to illegally participate in the 2011 general elections.
Mr Mbulakulima said the former ruling party had always suspected that there was foul play in the results of the 2011 elections and would therefore embark on enforcing the provisions of the law to ensure that Mr Kabimba was held accountable for breaking the country’s immigration and electoral laws.
He said the MMD would start reviewing the process of the 2011 general elections and results to establish exactly the assignment and roles the Kenyans played in the 2011 general elections.
He said following the revelations and confessions by Mr Kabimba, police should move in and immediately institute investigations because it was clear that the 2011 general elections were not free and fair. “We are extremely disappointed that we could have fraudulent people who could manipulate the results of the 2011 general elections. We are wondering why the police cannot move in and arrest him because Mr Kabimba has publicly confessed of having committed a criminal offence by smuggling foreigners to illegally participate in our electoral system. We watched in shock and dismay Mr Kabimba confessing on ZNBC. We have always suspected that there was foul play in the 2011 election results but now that Mr Kabimba has confirmed our suspicions, we shall enforce the provision of the laws so that the Justice Minister could account for his criminal acts,” Mr Mbulakulima said
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) said it would not be able to comment on Kabimba’s confessions but rather watch the situation until after the commissioned understood the full context of the Justice Minister’s statement.