President Sata Orders Military to Fire Upon Zambian Citizens

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President Michael Sata has ordered defence and security chiefs to immediately take charge of the confusion being created in Lukulu, western province by a group calling itself the Barotse Liberation army. President Sata says he is aware that the group is currently recruiting ex-soldiers and ex-police officers and has since recruited over 600 people. He …

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State-Sponsored Political Violence on the Rise in Zambia

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Zambia traditionally enjoys a positive reputation for stability in the Southern Africa region.  While neighboring nations have stumbled through civil wars and tribal genocides of varying degrees, the former British colony has held multiple elections, peaceful transitions between competing parties, and historically low crime rates.  Although quite impoverished, foreign visitors often comment on how welcoming …

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Zambian Authorities Block UPND Meetings in Copperbelt

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Under orders by the Patriotic Front government, Zambian police have now blocked the planned meetings and tour of the Copperbelt Province by opposition  leader Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND). In the continued effort to suffocate and eliminate opposition politics in Zambia, the PF have instructed that Mr. Hichilema should not …

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MICHAEL SATA’S FALSE ARRESTS OVER RUFUNSA VIOLENCE ARE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED, SAYS CDDR

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The murder charges filed against five members of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) for the death of a PF cadre member in Rufunsa are without substance and politically motivated, according to the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR). “What we have here is yet another attempt to falsely prosecute opponents …

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COMMUNIQUÉ #3: Legal Violations by the Patriotic Front in the Firing of Senior Civil Servants at the Cabinet Office

COMMUNIQUÉ #3: Legal Violations by the Patriotic Front in the Firing of Senior Civil Servants at the Cabine… Background President Michael Sata has reportedly announced that his government will purge all civil servants to replace them with members of the ruling Patriotic Front party. The process would appear to be underway, as opposition Members of …

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COMMUNIQUÉ #2: Constitutional and Legal Violations Committed by Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba with Interference in the Anti-Corruption Commission

CDDR Communique 2: Constitutional and Legal Violations Committed by Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba with… Background The Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating whether Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba influenced the awarding of oil supply contracts to Trafigura. Trafigura was awarded a US$500 million contract for a one-year period. In a letter dated 31 October, the Justice Minister …

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PF Government Must Investigate Electoral Violence Before Casting Accusations, Says CDDR

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Following the killing of a member of the ruling party’s youth cadres at a polling station yesterday, the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) has called for a full investigation, rejecting the government’s premature accusations against opposition parties. On November 8, 2012, between 16:30 and 17:00 at a basic school polling station in …

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PF Member Allegedly Assaults UPND Councilor

According to the news website Zambian Watchdog, Patriotic Front ex-convict and cadre Judge Ngoma yesterday allegedly assaulted United Party for National Development Matushi Ward Councillor a Mr. Kayona during campaings for Mufumbwe bye-elections. Judge Ngoma who has been carrying huge sums of money donated also fired two shots in the air to instill fear in …

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CDDR Launches Online Tool to Monitor Rigging, Fraud, and Corruption in Mufumbwe Bye-Elections

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LUSAKA, November 7, 2012 – The Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) announces the launch of a new webpage where Zambian citizens can report violations of civil rights, alleged instances of rigging, and/or voter fraud ahead of tomorrow’s bye-election in Mufumbwe. The new crowdsourcing project, which will be located at http://cddr-zambia.org/ireport, will collect information …

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MMD Says PF is Buying Votes by Giving Away Vehicles

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MMD leader Nevers Mumba accused the ruling party of trying to use underhand methods to win this week’s Mufumbwe parliamentary by-election by supplying 15 Nissan hard-body motor vehicles to the area. The MMD president, who was speaking during a briefing, also accused the PF of ferrying cadres from Ndola to destabilize the electoral process in …

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