Wednesday, 1 October 2008
2006 ELECTIONS AFTERMATH
Pictures By RICHARD MULONGA
THESE are images from the 2006 elections aftermath in Zambia.
I got the pictures from a shanty township called Ngombe (cattle). It is located east of Lusaka and about 15 minutes drive from the central trading district.
There were protests in Lusaka and the Copperbelt after supporters of losing opposition political parties took to the streets after believing that votes were stolen from their candidates.
In Lusaka, there were protests in Ngombe, Mandevu, Matero and Misisi township were irate residents engaged in violent protests. They attacked my innoncent people. They even had the audacity to smash a Zambia Red Cross Society motor vehicle, which was taking aid services to those who were injured during the violence.
Scores of protestors were beaten, injured and arrested by forceful police officers who moved in with full force to quench the riots.
I was there in most of the townships with the police and the scenes were not good at all.
Innocent women, children and old people suffered. I hope we reflect on the effect of electoral violence seriously as we approach October 30 and even as we go beyond that date. I know that there will be bruises, but let us go above that and accept whatever comes out of October 30.
It is critical that we remain calm and continue with our contributions to the development process of Zambia.
I am saying this, not because I am a coward, but I am worried about the effects of our violent actions everytime we fight. Injuring innocent people. Women and children who do not know about the politics. Who do not know about the government. Who do not know about, violence, war and crime.
WHAT I WANT TO SAY IS THAT WE MUST REALISE AS ZAMBIANS THAT WHAT WE SHOULD BE BRING OUT BEFORE OCTOBER 30, ON OCTOBER 30 THIS YEAR AND BEYOND IS ONE LOVE, ONE HEART AND ONE DESTINY.