Governance Activist, Leslie Chikuse says fresh elections will be inevitable if the recent video confession making rounds on social media is proved to be true.
A video in which United Party for National Development(UPND) Kalulushi Candidate Evaristo Mwalilino’s driver is revealing how Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s Kalulushi Constituency votes where concealed has gone viral after it was aired on Prime TV.
In the video, Wanna Chiyanga is confessing that his boss Mwalilino was given K21000, K360 000 for 21,966 votes and dropping the election petition respectively.
He disclosed that President Rupiah Banda, Information Minister Kapamba Mulenga and axed PF Deputy Chairperson for Elections Kelvin Fube Bwalya(KBF) and Mwalilino were heavily involved in the scheme of things.
When reached for a comment, Chikuse said there has been a lot of speculation that the 2016 elections were rigged, therefore new evidence that is coming out is vindicating Hichilema’s claims.
He said fresh will be the last resort if what Chiyanga is saying is proved to be true.
He called on investigator to examine on whether the signatures on the contract in Chiyanga’s possession are genuinely for the bearers mentioned.
He said if confirmed that Kampamba indeed paid the UPND candidate to conceal Hichilema and Mwamba’s votes in Kalulushi Constituency, then elections malpractice occurred everywhere.
“There is time for everything that happens in this world. All this time, there has been speculation whether the UPND won the elections or whether they want to go for a re-run, depending on how they petitioned. Now with facts that are coming out now, it is getting vividly clear that there was malpractice in the last elections. I believe we are yet to see more confessions as events unfold,” Chikuse said, ” If it is proved that what Chiyanga is saying is true… If expert examine the contracts and signatures point to Kampamba and Mwalilino, it will mean that elections malpractice happened everywhere. What will be prudent for every Zambian is to call for elections.”
Meanwhile, Chikuse said Independent Broadcasting Authority(IBA) should not be used by politicians to settle their political scores.
IBA has summoned Prime TV boss Gerald Shawa to appear before the Disciplinary Compliance Committee for noncompliance to broadcasting license.
This was after the TV channel broadcast Chiyanga’s rigging story confessions.
But Chikuse said IBA should leave politics to politicians and stick to its job as a regulator.
“IBA should stop intimidating the media who are mere giving information to the public. That is information and IBA should let investigators to ascertain whether it is wrong or correct and inform on the way forward,” the said.