LUSAKA – President Robert Mugabe came face to face with how Zambians feel about his continued 35-year-long stay in power. Huge crowds of Zambians chanted “MUGABE MUST GO” at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the capital Lusaka.
Mugabe is in Lusaka to attend the inauguration of Zambia’s new president on Saturday following elections held this week. Strangely Mugabe left for Zambia even before the results had been announced.
The Radisson Blu Hotel is the current base of the opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development.
Ruling party Patriotic Front candidate Edgar Lungu was tipped to win the presidential election after building what appeared to be an unassailable lead against his closet rival, Hichilema.
Mugabe, who is chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and incoming African Union (AU) chair, was met at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by Zambia’s Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Nkandu Luo and Zimbabwe’s ambassador Getrude Takawira and her deputy Marshall Matutu.
The elections in Zambia followed the death of President Michael Sata in October 2014. - Nehanda Radio
Hakainde Hichilema claims ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu’s win was "predetermined"
Zambia's ruling party candidate, Edgar Lungu, won the presidential election on Saturday with 48.3 per cent of the vote, the Electoral Commission of Zambia said.
Mr Lungu narrowly defeated his closest rival, Hakainde Hichilema, in the contest to succeed Michael Sata, who died in office in October aged 77.
Mr Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) won 46.67 per cent of the vote.
Mr Lungu's victory was greeted with cheers and dancing after the chairwoman of the Electoral Commission of Zambia Ireen Mambilima, announced the results of the Tuesday vote which Mr Hichilema had earlier denounced as a sham.
“If Edgar Lungu is sworn in as president he will certainly be an illegitimate president going by what we have discovered at the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ),” Mr Hichilema, a millionaire cattle-rancher, told a press conference in the capital Lusaka on Saturday afternoon.
“He truly knows that the results that have been given to him by individuals at the ECZ are not from the citizens who voted. A stolen election does not reflect the will of the people and is not going to deliver.”
His claims followed several tense days after the vote count was delayed by heavy rains preventing the delivery of ballot boxes from outlying areas.
Despite Mr Hichilema's allegations, he appealed for calm from his supporters, reminding them that the general election in 2016 was not far away.
"People who steal elections come and go. The people of Zambia are always there,” he said.
Mr Hichilema had made allegations about foul play before the polls closed, saying helicopters carrying his election officials had been blocked from taking off, and ballot boxes had failed to arrive in strongholds of his UPND party.
He has also accused the ruling Patriotic Front of corruption in the last general election in 2011, and subsequent by-elections.
At his last rally in a sports stadium in the capital, Mr Lungu warned his rival not to make trouble. “I urge him to accept the result because if he loses and becomes funny I will deal with him,” he said. “I will not hesitate to enforce the law. I will jealously guard the election."
The Southern African Development Community, which sent election monitors to Zambia, declared it “free and fair” on January 22. - The Telegraph
Zambia's presidential election has been won by Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front.
Mr Lungu won by a 48.3% majority, the election commission said, after an election race marred by delays.
His rival, Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development, who earlier denounced Tuesday's election as a sham, came close with 46.7% of the vote.
The election was called after the death of President Michael Sata last October.
Mr Lungu, who will be sworn in on Sunday, said he aims to complete economic development projects begun by his predecessor.
On Saturday, Mr Hichilema called the "election" stolen, accusing the electoral commission of manipulating the results to favour Mr Lungu, a former lawyer
In the interim period following Mr Sata's death, Zambia was ruled by Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent.
He was prohibited from contesting the election because his parents were not born in Zambia.
Mr Scott was the first white president in mainland Africa for 20 years and has been involved in Zambian politics since the 1990s.
Though he was close to Mr Sata and served as his running mate, his relationship with Mr Lungu is less cordial.
In November he sacked Mr Lungu as the Patriotic Front's secretary-general prompting riots in the country
Mr Lungu will serve the remainder of Mr Sata's term until elections in 2016 - BBC
The Global Prayer Group for Barotseland is calling on all people of Barotseland and other Christians who know God, to pray and fast for the health and safety of Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa, the head of Barotseland transitional government, currently incarcerated at Zambia's state prison of Mwembeshi for trumped up charges of treason without trial. Barotseland Administrator General Afumba Mombotwa was arrested on December 5th of 2014 together with Hon. Sylvester Kalima Nambao and Rt. Hon Likando Pelekelo.
Others also incarcerated in various Zambian jails over similar charges of sedition or publication of false news with intent to alarm the nation – a charge that was recently ruled unconstitutional in the Zambian high court, although Barotse people are arrested and convicted over the same unconstitutional charges in Zambian courts, are Hon. Masiye Masiyaleti, Hon. Mubita Waluka who are members of the transitional government, and the Barotseland National Youth League trio of Boris Muziba, Nayoto Mwenda and Sikwibele Wasilota. On 4t December 2014, Judge I.C.T Chali ruled at Lusaka High Court, in a case between 'MacDonald Chipenzi, Richard Sakala, Simon Mwanza' and the 'People' on one count of Publication of False information with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public, contrary to section 76(1) of the penal code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia, that this was not only Unconstitutional in a post colonial democratic state such as Zambia. However, what is sad is that four Barotseland nationals namely, Mubita Waluka, Boris Muziba, Nayoto Mwenda and Sikwibele Wasilota are currently serving prison sentences of up to 3 years with hard labor on the same charge deemed unconstitutional in Zambia.
“We wish to request that private and corporate prayers be continually raised on behalf of all these leaders and their families. Pray for their safety, and that of their families, and pray for justice to be done in their cases,” appealed Heather, the international coordinator of the Global Prayer Group.
She further advised to pray with the wisdom of the Holy Scripture, and with fasting to the best of people’s abilities and opportunities, either individually or corporately with families or friends or indeed as church groups.
“Pray alone, seeking scripture, pray out loud and pray in thoughts, pray with your family and friends, ‘where two or three are gathered’, in bible studies, in church, and where possible, asking all Pastors to hold special prayers dedicated to the leaders in prisons as they need all our prayers now, more than ever before, until justice has been granted to them,” concluded Heather.
The Global Prayer Group for Barotseland is a non denominational social network of people from various countries of the world, who have joined together in prayer devotion for and on behalf of Barotseland and Zambia, so that the two will resolve peacefully the matters that have come between them as a result of the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964, cutting across political and denominational persuasions.
TO ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS OF BAROTSELAND
Be informed that the incarcerated Barotseland transitional government leaders , Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa and the co-accused, who are currently held at Zambia's state prison of Mwembeshi, will appear for mention at Mumbwa magistrate court on Monday 26th January 2015.
At the last court appearance on 6th January, 2015, the case could not proceed awaiting instructions from the Director of Public Prosecution -DPP. It is our prayer that the instruction has been issued by now.
We call upon all citizens of Barotseland and sympathizers to give solidarity support to these gallant men by attending the court proceeding on Monday 26th January 2015.
The petition can be found here: http://barotsepost.com/images/petition_hon_afumba_release.pdf
GOD BLESS AND SEE YOU AT MUMBWA MAGISTRATE COURT AS BAROTSELAND INDEPENDENCE IS ALL WE NEED
From the time Barotseland resolved to revert to her original status on 27th March 2012 as a sovereign state, separate from Zambia, following Zambia’s abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964, the Zambian government has used force and arrested Barotseland nationals on politically engineered cases.
However, we the undersigned petition the international community to:
1. Pressurize the Zambian government to unconditionally release all detainees arrested on Barotseland related charges among them, Rt. Hon Afumba Mombotwa, Rt. Hon Sylvester Kalima Nambao, Rt. Hon Likando Pelekelo, Rt. Hon Masiye Masiyaleti, Rt. Hon. Mubita Waluka, Boris Muziba, Nayoto Mwenda and Sikwibele Wasilota.
2. Ensure that Zambia stops any further arrests of Barotseland nationals on trumped up charges.
3. Compel the Zambian government to engage Barotseland authorities and commence the disengagement process under the auspices of international bodies and organizations.