Monday, July 28, 2014

MANGANGO BY-Elections Statement by FODEP Exective Director Mr McDonald Chipenzi

Foundation for Democratic Process FODEP House, Omelo Mumba Road, Press statement Foundation For Democratic Process Omemlo Mumba Road Rhodespark, P. O. Box 32387, Lusaka, Zambia Tel-fax: 236281/236275 E-mail: fodep@coppernet.zm 28/07/2014 FOUNDATION for Democratic Process (FODEP) is disturbed by reports of electoral and political violence and vote-buying ahead of the Mangango by-election scheduled for 19th August, 2014. FODEP is in receipt of unpleasant reports of political confrontation which erupted over the weekend at Pumulo Take Away at the Kaoma Boma-Mongu Road Junction in Kaoma yesterday. After consultations with FODEP monitors and other stakeholders in Kaoma, FODEP has established that some named senior government officials were at the center of the mayhem that happened at Pumulo Take-Away sparked by some named politicians for allegedly replacing GRZ vehicle number plates with private ones, an act which incensed other players. FODEP finds such acts blatant abuse of public resources and facilities and expected that the perpetrators could have been arrested by now by the relevant authorities such as the Zambia Police Force and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The fact the perpetrators are still scot-free, demands that relevant law enforcers should take keen interest in arresting the situation before it is out of hand. In this vein, FODEP demands the immediate probing of politicians involved in replacing government number plates with private ones. FODEP is also in receipt of reports of vote-buying through the dishing of money to unsuspected electorates and civil servants involvement in the campaigns in Mangango such as District Commissioners. Such acts are sources of electoral provocation, misunderstanding and conflict and those involved should stop with immediate effect. FODEP continue to appeal to all stakeholders in Mangango to desist from engaging themselves in electoral malpractices and further remind all players that Mangango by-election was as a result of nullification due to electoral malpractices, which should be avoided at all cost. FODEP finds it unfortunate that after weeks of a tranquil electoral environment in Mangango, some irresponsible politicians, mostly non-Mangango residents, want to disturb the peace obtaining and create an atmosphere unconducive for the holding of a free and fair electoral process. In this regard, FODEP urges the police and other relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that peace is preserved in Mangango by applying the law fairly to all players rather than protecting individuals at the expense of public peace, tranquility and harmony. FODEP will continue to monitor and expose any inimical activities to a credible electoral process ahead of the Mangango by-elections and request all persons with information on electoral malpractices to report to FODEP officials in Mangango or indeed contact secretariat in Lusaka. Finally, in pursuant of accountability among elected leaders through the fulfillment of campaign promises, FODEP will be holding a “Race to Manda Hill Public Discussion Forum” in Mangango in the next two weeks aimed at bringing all aspiring candidates to a common platform to communicate their manifestoes and promises to the electorate. McDonald Chipenzi EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ______________________________________________________________________________

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pre Elections Statement Issued By FODEP Executive Director - Mr McDonald Chipenzi -July 17th 2014

FOUNDATION for Democratic Process (FODEP) is calling on all stakeholders in the electoral process to strongly advocate for the application and invoking of the provisions of the Electoral Code of Conduct of 2011 throughout the electoral cycle to take care of premature electoral campaigns in the country. This is so because of the prevalence of premature electoral campaigns conducted by prospective candidates across the country ahead of the 2016 tripartite elections where some aspiring candidates have already started pasting campaign posters and other electoral propaganda materials. For instance, aspiring candidates in Kabwata Constituency in Lusaka Urban District of Lusaka Province from various political parties are already in high gear conducting electoral campaigns even when there is no pending by-election in sight. FODEP expressing great concerns with the trend especially that the electoral Act No. 12 of 2006 and Code of 2011 only applies and allows the use of electoral propaganda and campaigns materials by aspiring candidates during an election campaign which under the Act and the Code is determined by the Commission. The pasting of campaign posters on electrical poles other buildings by prospective aspiring candidates in Kabwata Constituency when Commission has not determined election timetable for the campaigns is of great concern and should be censured by the relevant authorities. It is also a wake up call to both the ECZ and CSOs in the electoral process to explore the possibility of effecting the provisions of the electoral Code during the pre-nomination periods to arrest some of the irregularities and malpractices that prospective candidates may be involved in currently outside the jurisdictions of the provisions of Code and the Act. Applying and invoking the provisions of the Act and the Code throughout the electoral cycle will enable the Commission, Zambia Police Force, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other relevant bodies censure erring aspiring candidates when breaches of the Code and the electoral Act are noticed, which has proved to be difficult at the moment.

Tracking Electoral Campaign promises in Zambia.A project Supported by HIVOS.

FODEP secretariat today travels to three provinces, Chipata in Eastern Province, Ndola in Copperbelt Province and Choma in the southern Province. We are will be Holding training seminars for Political parties in the respective districts on Friday July 18th 2014. this is in line with the project Tracking Electoral Campaign promises in Zambia.A project Supported by HIVOS. We will be featuring on Local Radio Stations before, during and after the trainings...Make a date with us and contribute to the improvement of our democracy and governance system in Zambia.#FODEPandHivos

FODEP launches State of Democratic Accountability in Zambia Project Supported by the Finish Embassy in Zambia-July 15th 2014

We launched the State of Democratic Accountability in Zambia Project Supported by the Finish Embassy in Zambia at Taj Pamodzi Hotel.This is in line with FODEP’s vision of “seeing the attainment of a democratic Zambia where government is accountable to its citizens and in which all citizens freely and willingly participate in social, political and economic affairs of the country. The Project will be implemented in three provinces namely Northwestern, Northern and Muchinga provinces.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Struggle for Our Constitution -U-Tube video clips from consitutional campaigns

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD3IywSLJ00"> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j-ZWyTrc34 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ju7V5Pt4K8 Link for the U-Tube Struggle for a New Constitution. Following FODEP and other civil society organization's demand for the immediate release of the draft constitution.Here are some of the clips and videos from the campaigns. It is our duty and responsibility as Zambians to demand what is rightfully ours.Our Constitution!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

FODEP CONDEMNS THE USE OF GOVERNMENT RESOURCES FOR POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS.

FODEP CONDEMNS THE USE OF GOVERNMENT RESOURCES FOR POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS. The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) is concerned with the huge delegations accompanying senior government officials pre-texting to be inspecting developmental projects in areas where by-elections are due. The incident in point is in Siavonga District where almost the entire government system at provincial and district level accompanied Vice-President Dr. Guy Scott in his campaign tour of Mulimya ward ahead of local government by-election in the area. This is extremely uncalled-for and sheer waste of government resources for personal gain by those involved when the same resources would have been used to resolve water blues and abject poverty affecting the people in the area. FODEP wonders how Dr. Guy Scott who over the weekend used a helicopter to inspect the Bottom Road works could still be accompanied by convoys of vehicles to Chaanga area where he held a campaign meeting. Senior government officials in the area including District Commissioners, police officers and provincial team led by provincial minister among others were in attendance. In as much as the electoral laws allows republican Vice-President to use government resources and facilities during election campaigns, a huge government delegation to such meetings is a huge cost to the country which yearns for development. There is, therefore, need for Dr. Scott to exercise responsibility and prudence in the utilization of such public resources and facilities ahead of the Mangango parliamentary and other local government by-elections schedule for August 2014 to avoid further wastage of public resources. To other government officials, FODEP would like to remind them that they will be contravening the electoral laws by using government resources such as vehicles for political party activities ahead of the by-elections. FODEP is instructing all its members staying in by-election areas to report any abuse and misuse of government facilities and resources by those not entitled by law. McDonald Chipenzi Executive Director

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FODEP LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE RADIO PROGRAMS IN MONZE

FODEP LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE RADIO PROGRAMS IN MONZE On 8th June 2014 ,In an effort to increase the level of awareness among Zambian voters on the need to hold accountable political parties to fulfill the electoral promises they promise electorates .FODEP has launched a 10 series interactive radio programmes at SKYfm in Monze .In his launching massage Mr. Chipenzi Macdonald called on SKY FM listeners to take interest in the programme by calling in during the radio discussion. The discussants will be drawn from all walks of life to seek clarification and other information that may be of interest. During the same launch 11 callers applauded FODEP for coming up with that initiative of taking stock of promises that were promised by politicians, this does not mean the stock has to be taken on the ruling party only it includes individual politicians from the opposition as well. Another burning issues was the giving Zambians the long awaited republican constitution in 90 days by the PF many callers expressed disappointment over the failure by PF to deliver the constitution to the Zambian people in 90 days. Another caller by the name of Maputo said as for 2016 elections many Zambians will screen candidates as politicians have taken the people of Zambia for granted. Among the callers Derrick a Youth called on his fellow youths to take interest in ensuring that they vote in 2016 FODEP is appealing for the people to listen to the programme which will be aired every Friday at 10.05.