GOVERNANCE Activist David
Kapoma says the Electoral
Commission of Zambia should
provide guidance on the holding of
rallies in chiefdoms.
Commenting on Chief Mpezeni’s
decision to ban unauthorized
rallies in his chiefdom, Mr.
Kapoma said it was not
appropriate for traditional leaders
to meddle in politics.
“The involvement of chiefs in
politics is interference in the
electoral process. Political parties
are free to hold rallies and
campaign meetings in any part of
the country provided it is during
the campaign periods,” Mr.
“Chiefs have no right to stop
political party from holding rallies.
Zambia is a democratic state and
therefore everyone should observe
the law and avoid interfering in the
Mr. Kapoma said the job of the
chiefs was to create a conducive
environment and receive any
politician that visits their
He said allowing the chiefs to take
charge shows weakness on the
part of the government and the
Electoral Commission of Zambia.
Mr. Kapoma said ECZ should
ensure that they implement the law
accordingly and ensure that
politicians are given the platform
to explain their manifestos to the
people in a free and friendly
And Mr. Kapoma said it was
unfortunate that some chiefs have
stated engaging in politics when
their role is to serve the interest of
the people in their chiefdoms.
“I am wondering why ECZ has
remained quiet when they are
supposed to provide guidance and
ensure that the electoral code of
conduct is observed by everyone. It
will be very difficult to have free
and fair elections if the ECZ allows
the situation to remain the way it
is. Chiefs must realise that as
traditional leaders they are not
supposed to involve themselves in
politics. Chiefs represent people
that belong to different political
parties and therefore must not be
seen to be partisan,” said Mr.Kapoma.