UNRULY opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres yesterday caused a stir at Kariba border post in Siavonga when they forcefully opened a Lusaka-bound truck they suspected to be carrying pre-marked ballot papers and other materials for rigging elections-only to find alcoholic drinks.
The 40-minute turned out a joke of the day after it was established the truck was carrying cartons of Jameson whiskey and other alcoholic brands from South Africa destined for COMESA Market in Lusaka.
The uncompromising cadres led by their district chairman, Chekwenvala Ng’andu rolled their sleeves in expectation of a ‘big find’ after being alerted of the presence of the truck by illegal money changers (forex dealers) at the Zambia/Zimbabwe border Post.
But their prospects soon turned into a big joke of the day as no pre-marked ballot papers or any other materials for rigging the elections were found on the truck
In an interview later after the search Mr Ng’andu still praised his party cadres for being alert and vigilant adding that the UPND in the area would continue to monitor the activities at the border to ensure that no rigging materials pass through the border.
He justified the impounding and searching of the truck as praise- worthy effort by the party youths who he said were on higher alert to quell any effort by the PF to rig the August general elections.
And in another development Siavonga District Elections officer, Carol Mukandawele refuted reports that the area had already received ballot papers for the August 11 elections.
Meanwhile Police officers from Lusaka who have been deployed to Siavonga District to man Thursday’s polls have asked the ECZ to issue them with Certificate of Authority to vote in all categories.
They complained that restricting them to only vote in the Presidential election amounted to tempering with their right to choose the leader of their choice at Parliamentary, Mayoral/chairmanship and councillor level.