CLAIMS by the UPND that the Patriotic Front (PF) had registered 500 000 Malawians to vote in the forthcoming general elections in Eastern Province are alarming and have the potential to cause bloodshed, Panji Kaunda has warned.
Colonel Kaunda said the accusations against the ruling party were nothing but lies and has demanded that the UPND should apologise to Zambians for alarming them about a fake list of foreign voters which was published in The Post Newspaper.
Col. Kaunda, who is Kum’mawa for Edgar Lungu chairperson, said the police have since investigated the claims by the UPND and it had been proved that the assertions were unfounded and meant to cause despondence in the country.
He said in an interview that Zambians should never entrust the UPND with State power because the opposition party had clearly exhibited the propensity to take over the governance of the country through lies and threats against citizens.
Col. Kaunda said the claims that the PF had managed to place 500 000 Malawians on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) voters’ register was meant to embarrass the PF government and seek international sympathy.
“The statement by the UPND that the PF registered 500 000 voters from Malawi only serve to alarm the nation which could lead to bloodshed. When the PF wins the forthcoming elections, the UPND will claim that the Malawians helped the ruling party and President Edgar Lungu win the polls and this is what they are telling their supporters. This can easily lead to bloodshed. Now that the police have investigated and it has been proved beyond doubt that it was a lie, we expect the UPND to apologise to Zambians for alarming them,” Col. Kaunda said.
Col. Kaunda said Malawi was a sovereign country and could never allow its citizens to cross the borders into Zambia and participate in an election as voters.
He said the UPND had remained quiet on two of their supporters who were on the run and the two headmen who had been arrested for collecting voters’ cards from villagers in Chief Chanje’s area.
Col. Kaunda said it was unfortunate that a village headwoman was currently languishing in police cells in Chipata for being used by the UPND to collect voters’ cards while the UPND leadership was enjoying their lives.