Former Mpongwe MP Gabriel Namulambe has been accused of collecting voters’ cards from the electorates in Mpongwe constituency for unexplained reasons.
MMD women’s chairperson Faustina Sinyangwe confirmed the development to Daily Nation yesterday in Mpongwe.
Ms Sinyangwe said at the beginning of this month Mr Namulambe started collecting the cards from the voters saying that he would give them back but wondered what he collected the cards for.
She said the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) should not go ahead with the election today because some people would not vote because of Mr Namulmabe.
“We have some witnesses and the matter has been reported to police but officers can’t do anything. The police officers told us that they know about the reports but there was nothing that could be done.
“We wonder why Namulambe did that to the voters. He gave away this seat by joining the PF and now he must know that his time is up. Why does he want to rig the election by giving people’s cards to ghost voters? Most of the people affected are the MMD members. He is deliberately disfranchising our members when it was him who abandoned them.
“What sought of a government is this? More than 300 hundred police officers have been deployed to this constituency for what we don’t know but only to find fault in the opposition members,” Sinyangwe said.
She warned that the conflict management committee and the ECZ should suspend the voting because of such behaviour by the former MP.
The chairperson said “if they don’t do anything we will force them to do it and we warn this government to stop running this country by breaking laws.
“This is pure rigging, we are waiting to see what they will do but they are doing so to intimidate people so that they vote for them.”
Ms Sinyangwe said it was unfortunate that things had turned to be like this in country that was known for peace and warned that if not carefully handled by this government the country may be in flames.
And when contacted Mpongwe police officer in charge Mtonga could neither deny nor confirm the report.
“Yes I know but for any comments call the officer commanding Mr Magawa in Luanshya. I am not supposed to give you any information on that report but Mr Magawa,” Mtonga said.But when contacted the number that Mr Mtonga alleged belonged to Mr Magawa was not a valid number.
However, during a meeting that was later called by the conflict management committee the PF members only surrendered 2 voters cards and 2 NRCs saying that they got the cards because they wanted to know who their real members were.
They explained that this exercise was meant to assist them know who the party officials should distribute their Chitenge materials to.