…as veteran politician questions authenticity of foreign voters reports
ALLEGATIONS undermining the credibility and integrity of elections should be treated with great caution because they have the potential of causing strife.
According to veteran politician Sikota Wina, the elections season always spawned allegations of malpractices which often amounted to nothing upon investigations.
Mr Wina warned that Zambia would lose peace, stability and the gains made since independence if such allegations were allowed to cause despondency and upheaval.
“It was not easy to gain independence and nothing should be done to upset the gains,”” he said.
He called for a thorough investigation, preferably by independent external umpires to determine the authenticity of the reports.
On Monday May16, 2016, The Post published a story accusing the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) of having registered thousands of foreigners who had purportedly been mobilised by the ruling PF to take part in the August 11 general elections.
But Mr Wina, who is chairman and national director for the United Freedom Fighters of Zambia, has warned citizens to be careful of whatever they read ahead of the general elections because many false stories would be published aimed at destabilizing the peace and security the nation had enjoyed for the past 50 years.
“A lot of reports will emanate during this period until about 11th August. My own plea to Zambians is ‘please try to check everything that we read. Let us have a culture and try to check everything we read and ensure that we check whether it is authentic or not,” Mr Wina said.
He said it was his prayer that Zambians developed a culture of checking the authenticity and accuracy of certain stories.
Mr Wina, however, said that if there were any foreigners that have been registered there were various organs that could investigate such allegations.
He said the investigative wings should be able to clear all the doubts which Zambians have on the alleged registration of foreigners by the electoral body.
He was responding to follow-up questions from journalists soon after addressing a press briefing on African Freedom Day celebrations by the United Fighters of Zambia Independence.
During the briefing, Mr Wina said the organisation had since registered 1,500 freedom fighters in Northern Province alone and had asked President Edgar Lungu, through the office of the Vice-President, to be patron of the United Freedom Fighters Zambia Independence Organization.
When asked to comment on the Barotseland Agreement of 1964, Mr Wina said Zambians had lived by the motto of One Zambia, One Nation.