Democratic Assembly (DA) president Maxwell Mwamba has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of candidates vying for political office who allegedly submitted forged certificates to the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ).
In an interview with Daily Nation, Mr Mwamba said that he was disappointed that matter in which the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) had detected forged certificates allegedly presented by some candidates vying for political office was silent.
He said that Zambians had the right to know what was going on and that the police should quickly institute investigations into the matter and bring the culprits to book.
Mr Mwamba also called for the disqualification of presidential candidates, whose running mates would be found guilty of forging certificates.
“ECZ detected about hundred forged certificates from politicians vying political office but that matter has been quiet, people have to know what is going on,
“ So the police should immediately institute investigations into the matter and arrest the culprits, that is forgery and it is against our laws.
If a runningmate submitted forged certificates then the presidential candidate should be disqualified as well” he explained.
ECZ director Michael Chilala could not give the status of the matter as he needed to get permission to comment from the Ministry of General Education permanent secretary.
And Electoral Commission of Zambia public relations manager Cris Akufuna said that the Commission was not aware of the allegations and could not comment further because they did not receive a comprehensive report on the matter from the examinations council.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwamba also advised the Electoral Commission of Zambia to disqualify any presidential candidate whose supporters were causing havoc in the country.
He disclosed that the commission had the power to deregister a political party for disorderly conduct and that political violence should not be tolerated.
Mr Mwamba revealed that some political leaders were condoning violence, a situation which he said ‘looks like they were the ones inciting their members to cause havoc’.
He explained that leaders should be in the forefront condemning violence and encouraging their supporters to be tolerant.
Mr Mwamba has advised all Zambians to be tolerant towards each other and to refrain from any acts of violence.
He said that people should vote for his people in next week’s election because campaigns were issue based and had the plight of Zambians at heart.
“ECZ should deregister political parties whose supporters are causing havoc ahead of the elections because they have that power.
These politicians should lead by example otherwise it will look like they were the ones sending their cadres to cause trouble. I urge the people of Zambia to vote for DA next week for better economic policies, infrastructure development and youth empowerment among others” said Mr Mwamba.