Nawakwi attacks ECZ

By Nation Reporter

EDITH Nawakwi has described as a blatant miscarriage of justice and an assault on democracy the failure by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to punish UPND Namwala parliamentary candidate Moono Lubezhi for brutally assaulting Charity Kabongomana, the FDD parliamentary candidate in the same constituency.

Ms Nawakwi has accused the ECZ of colluding with the UPND in perpetrating violence by failing to take decisive action against Ms Lubezhi for brutally attacking Ms Kabongomana.

Ms Nawakwi, who is FDD presidential candidate, said it was annoying that the ECZ had failed to take any action against Ms Lubezhi even after the opposition party had filed a complaint and provided graphic evidence of how Ms Kabongomana was brutally attacked and left for dead.

She said surprisingly, the ECZ had allowed Ms Lubezhi to continue with her campaigns in Namwala while Ms Kabongomana had been left bed ridden after suffering injuries at the hands of the UPND.

Ms Nawakwi said ECZ had instead asked the FDD to submit its complaint to the District Conflict Resolution Committee which she said comprised the members of the UPND which was the assailant.

“Everyone is fully aware of the injuries that our FDD parliamentary candidate Charity Kabongomana suffered at the hands of UPND cadres in Namwala constituency three weeks ago. However, the Commission has allowed UPND candidate Moono Lubezhi to continue to campaign in Namwala with impunity. The Commission has been giving a lame excuse that the FDD must go and submit our complaint to the so-called District Conflict Resolution Committee whose membership consists of the same assailants who brutally injured our candidate. What is the logic behind this? Even a small child can understand that this is a blatant miscarriage of justice,” Ms Nawakwi said.

She wondered why ECZ chairperson Justice Essau Chuulu had remained indecisive in taking simple administrative action to suspend Ms Lubezhi from contesting the Namwala seat.

Ms Nawakwi claimed that although the electoral body consisted of eminent men and women some of whom were members of the High Court bench, they could allegedly engage in what she termed as a conspiracy of silence on the Namwala barbaric violence.

“We have no doubt that the failure of the chairperson of the Commission to act on this matter only serves those dangerous elements who believe that violence is an appropriate means of deciding the outcome of an election.  Justice Chuulu should be aware that post-election conflicts are a direct consequence of the ineptitude of men at the electoral commission,” Ms Nawakwi said.