Issuance of NRCs to former Angolan refugees saddens FODEP

ZAMBIA Angolan refugees walking along a road in search of day labor, Shangombo district.
ZAMBIA Angolan refugees walking along a road in search of day labor, Shangombo district.

The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has called for the suspension of the issuance of National Registration cards (NRCs) to former Angolan refugees in Zambezi district to avoid electoral confrontation ahead of the Zambezi West by-election.

FODEP Executive Director MacDonald Chipenzi in a statement made available to QFM News says his organization is greatly concerned and disturbed with such activities especially from a Ministry in charge of internal matters to pursue a provocative path in such a manner when it knows how sensitive elections are.

Mr Chipenzi says FODEP demands that the exercise be suspended with immediate effect to avoid electoral conflict in the district.

He says the ministry can restart the exercise after the elections on 11th September, 2014

Meanwhile Mr Chipenzi says FODEP applauds all political parties and other stakeholders for maintaining peace and order throughout the campaigns in the forthcoming five parliamentary by-elections in Mkushi South, Solwezi Central, Zambezi West, Vubwi and Kasenengwa.

He however notes that the prevailing of electoral peace during the campaigns in these constituencies does not mean the absence of political provocation, but is as a result of restraint, tolerance and discipline that political parties, their supporters and other players have exhibited towards each other.

MR Chipenzi says it is FODEP’s prayer and hope that as September 11, 2014 approaches; the same electoral environment currently prevailing in the five constituencies will continue to dominate the electoral process during and after the vote.

( Monday 08th September 2014 )