Conduct peaceful campaigns – ECZ

By Nation Reporter

ELECTRORAL Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has reiterated its commitment for peaceful and violent free campaigns  and will circulate the Addendum to all the nine presidential candidates participating in August 11 general elections.

ECZ public relations manager Cris Akufuna said eight of the nine political parties’ Presidential candidates’ who are participating in the general elections and Referendum attended the last stakeholders meeting aimed to seek their commitment for peace in the remainder of the election campaign period which ends on 10th August, 2016.

Patriotic front (PF) President Edgar Lungu, Peoples Alliance for Change,( PAC) United Party for Independence( UNIP), Democratic Assembly (DA) and Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) signed the pledge for peace and Green Party presidential candidate who was not in attendance expressed his commitment to the pledge for peace.

But United Party for National Development (UPND) ,Rainbow party, and United Progressive people parties refused to sign but requested for  an addendum to provide for rights, obligations, sanctions and measures for the enforcement of the Pledge for peace.

The meeting was attended by the commonwealth special advisor on political dialogue for the 2016 general elections and referendum, his Excellency Pro Ibrahim Gambari and the United Nations resident coordinator Ms Janet Rogan.

Also attendance were representatives of the Church mother bodies, Zambia centre for interparty dialogue, Non-Governmental organization (NGOCC) and the Young African leaders Initiatives (YALI).

Chief Sikufele knew of chiefs’ installation in Manyinga

By Nation Reporter

THE installation of the two Chokwe chiefs recently in Manyinga district of North –Western province has the blessings from Senior Chief Sikufele, says Chokwe Traditional and Culture Association (CHOTCA) spokesperson Roya Ngalasiya.

In an interview with the Daily Nation, Bishop Ngalasiya explained that from 2007 to sometime last year, they had been having meetings with Senior Chief Sikufele over the installation of the chiefs and the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs had documentation on the same.

“We have the photos and videos of him attending several meetings with us at his palace. I am so surprised to hear that the chief has distanced himself over the installation of the chiefs? I am very shocked,’’ said Bishop Ngalasiya.

He further said that two days prior to the ceremony, Senior Chief Sikufele was informed about the installation of the chiefs.

He claimed that they spoke to the chief himself and not through his representative Billy Mawandi of which he accepted and further advised them to consult (him) chief on anything if they needed any help.

He said it was very surprising to hear claims from the Senior Chief that he was never informed, which only showed that he had bad advisors.

Bishop Ngalasiya has since advised Senior Chief Sikufele to stick to the truth whenever he was visited by senior government officials, instead of issuing misleading statements to the public.

And Bishop Ngalasiya charged that the Chokwe people had respected the Senior Chief and that it could be so unfortunate if they disrespected him because of issuing misleading statements.

He has since challenged the Senior Chief Sikufele to come out in the open and deny having meetings with them because he had the photos and videos prior to the meetings.

Recently two chiefs of the Chokwe-speaking people of North-Western province were installed in Manyinga district.

The installation of two chiefs displeased Senior Chief Sikufele of the Mbunda-speaking people in the district.

Speaking through his representative Billy Mawandi, Senior Chief Sikufele said he was not consulted as gazette chief in the district.

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