Zambia: Riot erupts over vote 'fraud'

2011-09-20 11:51

Lusaka - A riot erupted on Tuesday in one of the Zambian capital's most populated slums, after opposition supporters claimed they found a man carrying pre-marked ballot papers for national elections now underway.

The man was badly beaten and later taken to a police station, as supporters of the opposition Patriotic Front threw stones at billboards for President Rupiah Banda and blocked roads into the Kanyama slum, an AFP reporter said.

Francis Mwansa told AFP that PF supporters had found the man in a voting centre with a box. Upon questioning, he refused to say what was inside.

"We searched and found that they were ballot papers, and so we started beating him," said Mwansa, one of the PF supporters.

The man, identified as Abel Muwowo, was arrested and taken to the Kanyama police station.

The incident sparked a riot in Kanyama, with Banda billboards ripped down by stone-throwing supporters of PF leader Michael Sata.

Residents also blocked cars from entering Kanyama, threatening to beat anybody that resisted.

A police officer in charge at Kanyama station, Auxensio Mbewe, told AFP that he was awaiting details from the Electoral Commission of Zambia on the incident.

Papers without serial numbers

"I have heard the side of the story from the police. I am yet to get a briefing from the ECZ so I will issue a statement after getting the briefing from the other side," Mbewe told AFP.

Sata earlier told journalists that he believed his rivals were trying to rig the vote.

"It's becoming very difficult. Boxes without covers, papers without serial numbers, those are all the difficulties we have," he said.

Observers from the European Union at the time said they had not yet detected any wrongdoing.

Sata also had claimed the last election was rigged, when he narrowly lost to Banda in 2008. His supporters rioted for days to protest his defeat.

Banda made a televised speech on Monday warning against violence during the polls, and police were ordered to arrest anyone found in public with a slingshot, axe or other potential weapon.

  • Really - 2011-09-20 12:01

    Eish, What is da problem? This is how it is done when you force da western methods onto the Afrikan culture. Cheating, stealing, murdering culture. Eish ne!

      siener.vanzyl - 2011-09-20 12:09

      Hoekom dink alaml kry die ANc nog so baie stemme. Hierdie is standaar praktyk in Efrike.

      openbook - 2011-09-20 14:03

      You seem to suffer from either "selective anthropology" or "the jaundiced eye". Just shut-up won't you if you do not have anything say.

      openbook - 2011-09-20 14:14

      thats meant for you @Really. Nitwit!

  • Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-20 12:04

    TIA Corrution is in their genes

  • sarecen - 2011-09-20 12:04


      Rural-boy - 2011-09-20 12:22

      DREAM ON

      Ingie - 2011-09-20 12:43

      its already happening why do you tink the ANC win!! quite easy...pre marked ballot papers

      jikamajika - 2011-09-20 14:34

      where could you have been, seem nothing can pass infront of your eyes without you noticing,big beck.

  • Rich - 2011-09-20 12:07

    This is absolutely typical--not a single African country can do anything with honesty!!

      scipio - 2011-09-20 12:54

      hey rich, thats a rather sweeping statement...but absolutely right!!!!

      openbook - 2011-09-20 13:57

      @Rich: what utter rubbish you've written!

      jikamajika - 2011-09-20 14:38

      @Rich:you seem clueless on the number of African coutries.

  • chirimuhomwe - 2011-09-20 12:22


  • Ingie - 2011-09-20 12:42

    Well what can I say another corrupt African state..same as ours!!!

  • Ingie - 2011-09-20 12:45

    I need to ask this question but its a simple one...Why is it that every African state that is run by Africans/blakcs are corrupt, thieves, liars etc etc. If it was just one country I would say let go, BUT every single country from South to North IS ALL CORRUPT!!!

      siener.vanzyl - 2011-09-20 12:47

      En op 'n manier sal hulle s?6 dit is die wit man se fout.

      Bobbejaan - 2011-09-20 12:51

      i hope you are writing your comment from Europe somewhere and not Boksburg as i suspect! what is happening in Greece, italy, Ireland & the list goes on? the last i checked there were no policemen at the Airport preventing anyone from leaving!

      siener.vanzyl - 2011-09-20 12:59

      Wat is jou punt Bobbejaan? As ons nie iets laaik nie moet ons stil bly en land uit trek. Jou ma. Ek sal kla soveel as wat ek wil. Ek betaal belasting tiet.

      Ingie - 2011-09-20 13:22

      @ Bobejaan...who me or siener??

  • Ingie - 2011-09-20 12:49

    It's becoming very difficult. Boxes without covers, papers without serial numbers, those are all the difficulties we have," he said.... COULD THEY NOT BE KEPT SEALED UNTIL THEY ARE AT TEH VOTING STATIONS

  • Duke - 2011-09-20 12:49

    His supporters rioted for days to protest his defeat. Seriously!!!! where did you suck this information from? I was in Zambia at the time and the only thing Sata's supporters were doing after the elections was nursing Hang-overs..

      Ingie - 2011-09-20 12:55

      LOL...kop seer

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  • Ingie - 2011-09-20 12:56

    QUOTE: I have heard the side of the story from the police. I am yet to get a briefing from the ECZ so I will issue a statement after getting the briefing from the other side," Mbewe told AFP. AS IF HE WILL GET THE TRUTH FROM THEM..LOL THIS IS VERY FUNNY

  • Woofix - 2011-09-20 13:40

    Africa is one BIIIG entertainment centre. Circus galore!! So by the way,that is why S.A. = Sircus Area.

  • JustinD - 2011-09-20 13:53

    Africans = Cheats / thieves / etc etc

  • Rudi Kay - 2011-09-20 14:12

    I used to live in that beautiful country in the late 50's/early 60's. Very peaceful, until just before th elections that brought Kaunda to power. At the time there was whispering of "rigged elections" - and that was 1964. Sine then, the country has gone downhill. What a pity!

      charles.siseho - 2011-09-20 17:28

      The 19th Century saw the rise in power of Cecil Rhodes' British South Africa Company which controlled the area and secured much of the mineral rights in modern-day Zambia. In 1924, the British took administrative control of Northern Rhodesia from the British South Africa Company and just a few years later the discovery of rich copper deposits brought the area to the world's attention. This led to the inevitable uprise in nationalism and during the 1950's the United National Independence Party (UNIP) was formed under the leadership of Kenneth Kaunda who continuously spoke out against the Federation during the 1950's & early 1960's. Which Zambia are you talking about?

      charles.siseho - 2011-09-20 17:33

      In 1963 the Federation was dissolved and in October 1964 Zambia gained independence, elections were held and Kenneth Kaunda was unanimously voted in as the country's first president. The bulk of the country's wealth was dependent on its copper production and when the price collapsed in the 1970's the country's economy suffered and has remained in the doldrums ever since. Who controls the price of minerals, copper; diamond, gold, platinum or oil. Its always in US dollars, do you know why?

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