By Nation Reporter
The story that 500,000 foreign voters have registered in Eastern province is a complete hoax fabricated by the UPND.
The story was originated by UPND former Mazabuka MP Gary Nkombo and Chongwe MP Sylvia Masebo who have since refused to give evidence to the police insisting instead that investigations should be based on information published by The Post newspaper.
They reported that 500,000 foreigners had registered and yet the total number of voters in the eastern province was 777,379 voters and in 2014 there were 600,098 registered voters in the Province.
But ECZ said it has never received complaints and queries regarding foreigners except from reports carried by The Post.
Police have since identified the source of the story as Edward Mwanza, an aspiring local government candidate for Chisiya Ward in Vubwi working in league with Post correspondent, Mr. Peter Sukwa, who have apparently provided the list The Post has been publishing, purporting that the information emanated from ECZ which has vehemently denied ever producing the list.
A search at the house of Mr. Mwanza by Zambia Police Services revealed a register of party members for Chadiza district whom Mr. Mwanza alleged were foreigners.
Documents recovered by the police on 1st June 2016 ,revealed a register of names of alleged foreigners, and on the following day 8 headmen screened the list recovered from Mr. Mwanza’s house. The headmen identified all the persons on the list as being their subjects and many being UPND members and certainly not from Malawi.
The 8 headmen who rejected the list included:
Headman Chikoka I (Mr. Nathaniel Chisi)
Headman M’Kaya (Mr. Sevilliano Mshanga)
Headman Siliya (Mr. Lymon Banda)
Headman Luzizyo (Mr. Patlicio Tembo)
Headman Chiwawu (Mr. Alikangelo Zulu)
Headman Kamaila (Mr. Kennedy Mbewe)
Headman Pekete (Mr. Joseph Banda)
Headman Chauleka (Mr. Alikazio Chilumbu)
They have vehemently denied allegations that up to 500,000 Malawians could have been registered in the area.
They explained that Mwanza visited the various chiefdoms indicating that there was fertilizer to be distributed and that most villagers registered in readiness for the distribution and hence their names were found on the list of the so-called foreign registered voters.
They revealed that citizens in the area were diligent as during the mobile issuance of registration cards and voters cards 6 Malawians and 1 Tanzanian were apprehended.
The Malawians were deported and the Tanzanian was convicted and fined K3000 in default 1 year simple imprisonment.