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Moria displaying a copy of a newspaper carrying a picture of a naked Patriotic Front member who was protesting against the victory of the ruling MMD candidate Rupiah Banda in the October 30th, Presidential Elections

Moria displaying a copy of a newspaper carrying a picture of a naked Patriotic Front member who was protesting against the victory of the ruling MMD candidate Rupiah Banda in the October 30th, Presidential Elections

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sata goes to court as RB sits on throne

By Nalumino Nalumino

The 2008 President Elections in Zambia are over; the winner Rupiah Bwezani Banda has been sworn into office becoming the fourth Republican President taking over from the late Dr Levy Mwanawasa who died in August in a French military hospital in Paris.

However, doubts largely linger in the minds of some citizens especially that President Banda won the election with a slim margin resulting in the opposition Patriotic Front led by Michael Sata petitioning the Supreme Court demanding a recount and scrutiny of votes in 77 constituencies.

Mr Sata argues that in 2006 the total registered voters were 3,941,229. This time around the figure has allegedly increased in the absence of new voters registration to 3,944,135. He says the increment of voters by 2,906 may appear insignificant but it is a great deal in an election.

This argument, however may not hold water because Banda won the election by over 30,000 votes. People are eager to see how the arguments will be put before the Supreme Court in an effort to convince their Lords that indeed malpractices did take place.

The PF’s argument will be particularly painful before the Supreme Court because one losing candidate in this very election, General Godfrey Miyanda of the Heritage Party commended the electoral body, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for what he termed as “well conducted elections in a transparent manner given the circumstances in which the country went to the polls”.

General Miyanda (Rtd) said this when he conceded defeat a day after Zambians voted during a live televised interview on state television channel, Zambia National Broadcasting Cooperation (ZNBC) and carried live also on other television as well as radio stations.

As if this was not enough the United Party for National Development (UPND) will not petition the election results despite citing a number of electoral malpractices by some parties that participated in the election adding that the petition is a waste of time.

Party president and also losing candidate in the just ended elections; Hakainde Hichilema said the party will now concentrate on providing alternative leadership by formulating policies that can help address challenges the country is faced with.

Mr. Hichilema said his party will also continue to prepare for the 2011 presidential and parliamentary elections.

He described the just-ended presidential polls as the most competitive and exciting elections the country has ever had.

Mr. Hichilema also thanked Zambians for voting peacefully in the tightly contested polls. He has however expressed concern about the low voter turnout which was attributed to voter apathy among registered voters.

Speaking during a media briefing the opposition party leader also commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for facilitating the October 30 polls professionally despite the pressure on the commission.

What this means for Mr Sata, from an independent view; is that while he has a legitimate complaint not only as an opposition leader but most importantly as a Zambian; his legal team comprising former Attorney General Bonaventure Mutale, Robert Simeza, Wynter Kabimba & Company, Edgar Lungu and Mumba Kapumpa will certainly have an uphill legal battle and most Zambians are interested to see their tact this time around.

In the meantime, Banda who now seats on the thrown in State House having been sworn in November 2nd, 2008 two days after the elections in a ceremony held at Parliament grounds attended by several heads of states and government.

Out of the many pledges made in his inaugural speech, the striking one is Banda’s desire to fight poverty; a line ever present in most speeches president by the late Mwanawasa, a man who put a common man as top priority on his agenda.

This statement is resonating well and has been welcomed by many Zambians including Non-governmental Organisations. There is no doubt that Banda’s assessment for re-election in 2011 if ever he dares to test his popularity by contesting for Republican Presidency will be on the basis of whether or not he will manage to conquer poverty.


November 10, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment