News / Africa

Zambian Opposition Lauds Court Ruling on De-registration

Rights Groups Report Zambia's Prisons Spread HIV and TBRights Groups Report Zambia's Prisons Spread HIV and TB
x
Rights Groups Report Zambia's Prisons Spread HIV and TB
Rights Groups Report Zambia's Prisons Spread HIV and TB
Peter Clottey
An official of Zambia’s Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) has hailed a court’s decision, which overturned the recent de-registration of the main opposition party.

Chembe Nyangu, deputy national secretary of the MMD, said Tuesday’s ruling is an indication of the independence of the country’s judiciary.

 “We are praising the judiciary, that [it] is independent and cannot be intimidated by the executive.  Recently, [the ruling party] wanted to intimidate the judiciary by appointing or removing the senior judiciary officers and appointing their own people, who they think should go by their leash by dictating that all judicial matters, which are before the court, should be ruled in their favor,” said Nyangu.

But, supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party dismiss the accusation as without merit. They said the decision shows that the ruling party respects the rule of law.
                  
The Chief Registrar of Societies in Zambia de-registered the opposition party for non-payment of $75,581 in annual registration fees.  Political parties, NGOs and churches, are required by law to be compliant with the Societies Act, if they are to continue operating in the country.

Officials say the opposition party refused to pay the amount it owed, despite repeated reminders, while the MMD ruled the country for two decades.

The MMD condemned de-registration as an act of intimidation, which the opposition said is an affront to democracy.  The MMD then challenged it in court.

Nyangu denied the Registrar of Societies contacted the opposition party about the non-payment of dues.  He said national officials of the MMD were unaware of the non-payment at the district level.

“We were not aware that those branches of the party existed.  They were not our branches and that is why we were not paying for them,” he said.

Nyangu said the ruling PF party doesn’t want the opposition MMD to exist following de-registration - an accusation supporters of the ruling party sharply deny as baseless. The ruling party says it strongly believes in the rule of law and that it works with other parties to strengthen the countries burgeoning democracy.

Nyangu admitted the opposition party is pleased with the independence of the judiciary in spite of its initial suspicion that the ruling might go against them.

“I am because it has come out clearly that it is not possible to de-register a former ruling party, which has more than 50 members of parliament on the pretext that two of its branches did not pay fees,” he said.

Nyangu called on the ruling party to co-exist peacefully with other oppositions parties in the country.
Clottey interview with Chembe Nyangu, deputy national secretary of the MMD
Clottey interview with Chembe Nyangu, deputy national secretary of the MMDi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Karzai's Legacy: Missed Opportunities?

Afghanistan's president leaves behind a much different nation than the one he inherited, yet his legacy from 13 years in power is getting mixed reviews More

US Urges Restraint in Hong Kong Protests

Protesters angered by Beijing's decision to only approve candidates that it sanctions for Hong Kong's leadership elections in 2017 More

Archive of Forgotten UCLA Speeches Offers Snapshot of History

Recordings of prominent voices in social change, politics, science and literature from 1960s, early 1970s now available on YouTube More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Edwin from: Tanzania
June 27, 2012 1:05 PM
You journalists do you know what is going on in Tanzania? There is a big political crisis right now. The media is silenced while those who are opposing the government are murdered.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenyai
X
Gabe Joselow
September 29, 2014 6:20 PM
Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Iran's Rouhani Skeptical on Syria Strikes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed skepticism Friday that U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria could crush Islamic State militants. From New York, VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports the president was also hopeful that questions about Iran’s nuclear program could be resolved soon.
Video

Video US House Speaker: Congress Should Debate Authorization Against IS

As wave after wave of U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State militants, the speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives says he would be willing to call Congress back into session to debate a formal, broad authorization for the use of military force. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where legislators left town 10 days ago for a seven-week recess.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Video

Video Ebola Robs Liberians of Chance to Say Good-Bye to Loved Ones

In Liberia, where Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people, authorities have worked hard to convince people to allow specialized burial teams to take away dead bodies. But these safety measures, while necessary, make it hard for people to say good bye to their loved ones. VOA's Anne Look reports on the tragedy from Liberia.
Video

Video Reconstruction? What Reconstruction? Life After War in Gaza

It’s been a month since Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a ceasefire to end 52 days of an air and tank war that left 60,000 homes in Gaza damaged or destroyed and 110,000 homeless. Sharon Behn reports that lack of reconstruction is leading to despair.
Video

Video US, Saudi Arabia and UAE Hit Islamic State's Oil Revenue

The United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have bombed oil facilities operated by Islamic State militants in Syria. It was a truly collaborative effort, with the two Arab countries dropping the majority of the bombs. The 12 refineries targeted were estimated to generate as much as $2 million per day for the terrorist group. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has the story.
Video

Video Russia's Food Sanctions Raise Price Worries, Hopes for Domestic Production

Russia retaliated against Western sanctions imposed for its actions in Ukraine by halting food imports from the West. The temporary import ban on food from Australia, the European Union, Norway and North America has Russian consumers concerned that they could face a sharp increase in food prices. But in an ironic twist, the restrictions aimed at the Kremlin have made Russia's domestic food producers hopeful this can boost their business. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video Washington to Pyongyang: 'Shut This Evil System Down'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on North Korea to shut down prison camps and other human rights abuses following a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into "widespread and systematic human rights violations." VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid