Elections were free, fair-Eric Chanda


4TH REVOLUTION president Eric Chanda has described the just ended general elections as free and fair.

Mr Chanda said all the presidential candidates who contested the general elections and lost must concede defeat and plan for 2021 instead of accusing the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) of having mismanaged the polls.

He said there was no need to start politicking at the expense of economic development.

Mr Chanda said this shortly after he appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates Court in a matter he is jointly charged with two Post Newspapers journalists for defamation of the President.

He said he had extended his congratulatory message to the President-elect Edgar Lungu for being re-elected as the Republican President.

Mr Chanda, however, advised President Lungu to learn from the voting patterns on the Copperbelt and Southern Province that had revealed the ‘‘ugly spectre of tribalism’’.

He said President Lungu should move urgently to resolve various issues affecting the people on the Copperbelt especially the retrenched workers.

Mr Chanda said that Copperbelt should be his first priority and that he had demanded that the mining issues be resolved and provide employment opportunities to the people on the Copperbelt.

Mr Chanda added that President Lungu should not look at the voting pattern but give the people what they wanted because all that the people of Southern Province wanted was nothing but development.

Meanwhile, the case in which Mr Chanda is alleged to have defamed President Edgar Lungu had been adjourned to August 29 for plea due to the absence of the trial court.

And another matter in which Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Energy Charity Mwansa who is alleged to have abused authority of office has also been adjourned to September 6 .

And a matter in which the Post Newspapers proprietor Fred M’membe and Rainbow Party president Wynter Kabimba are alleged to have defamed former republican president Rupiah Banda has also been adjourned to August 18 due to the absence of the trial court.

Both cases were before Chief Resident Kenneth Mulife.

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