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October 2012 » Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR)

Human rights activist to sue govt

Zambia Prisons

A concerned human rights activist plans to sue government over the inhuman conditions obtaining in Zambia’s prisons. Foundation for Justice and Human Rights chairperson Christopher Shalwabala has accused government of having grossly neglected the welfare of prisoners in the country. Mr Shalwabala said that after visiting Lusaka Central, Mwembeshi and Kabwe‘s Mukobeko prisons, he felt …

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Open Letter to President Michael Sata


The Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) has published the following open letter to President Michael Sata, Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba, Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito, and Inspector-General of Police Stella Libongani calling on the ruling party to halt their unlawful harassment and violent persecution of the political opposition. Open Letter …

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Kabimba Denies Organizing Mufumbwe Election Violence


Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General Winter Kabimba has refuted claims by the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) that the ruling party is using underhand methods to hoodwink voters into voting for its candidate in the Mufumbwe parliamentary bye-election. Mr. Kabimba told ZANIS in a telephone interview in Lusaka today that the PF wants to win …

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Zambian Police Teargas Opposition Leader Inside Police Station

Police teargas opposition

From Zambia Reports: On August 9, 2012, opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) was brought before investigators to answer questions regarding statements he made criticizing the ruling Patriotic Front party.  Accompanied by a group of youth supporters, a scuffle broke out inside the police headquarters, leading the police to …

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MMD Rally Interrupted by Violent PF Cadres


Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) has expressed worry with how alleged sponsored Patriotic Front thugs disrupted a rally that was being addressed by MMD vice president for politics Dr. Michael Kaingu in Mufumbwe. MMD National Secretary Richard Kachingwe disclosed that a foreign businessman operating a Mine in Kalengwa allegedly sponsored suspected PF thugs to disrupted …

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Inaugural Statement of the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights of Zambia

To all citizens of the Republic of Zambia: Approximately one year ago, Zambian voters went out to the polls to exercise their democratic right to suffrage to select new leadership.  Just one year later, these same constitutional and internationally recognized rights to free and fair association, political competition, and freedom of expression are under threat …

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