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CCMG Expresses Concern Over Arrests of Opposition Members Prior to Deputy Mayoral Election

The Civil Society Constitution Agenda (CCMG) has raised alarm over the recent arrests of Ndola Mayor Jones Kalyati and two Kitwe Councillors from the Patriotic Front (PF) party on undisclosed charges. 

The arrests, which occurred on 28th March 2024, just before the Deputy Mayoral Elections, prevented the individuals from participating in the crucial electoral process.

The timing of these arrests, coupled with their undisclosed nature, has prompted serious questions regarding the integrity and impartiality of Zambia’s public institutions, particularly the Zambia Police, whose primary mandate is to enforce the law fairly and without bias, thereby safeguarding democratic governance.

CCMG has emphasized the importance of upholding the rule of law and due process. However, it asserts that these arrests have undermined the integrity of the elections and democratic governance, thereby eroding public trust in both the electoral system and the Zambia Police. 

The organization suggests that such arrests may be interpreted as politically motivated, raising concerns about the impartiality of law enforcement agencies.

In light of these events, CCMG has called upon the Zambia Police to demonstrate professionalism, impartiality, and fairness in their conduct. They urge the authorities to release information regarding the charges against the arrested individuals and to clarify the necessity of the timing of these arrests. 

Additionally, CCMG has called for an internal investigation into the matter to ensure accountability and transparency.

The arrests come at a crucial juncture, just before the Deputy Mayoral Elections, which saw the victory of a candidate from the United Party for National Development (UPND) by a narrow margin. 

CCMG’s statement underscores the significance of maintaining electoral integrity and ensuring that all citizens have the opportunity to participate in the democratic process without undue interference.

Fr. Alex Muyebe, spokesperson for the CCMG Steering Committee, along with other prominent members of the committee, has emphasized the importance of upholding democratic principles and protecting the rights of all citizens, regardless of their political affiliation.

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