CDDR launches project to monitor possible rigging in Mufumbwe

PF’s Sylvia Masebo trying to Lobby Chief Chizela of Mufumbwe

The Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) has launched a  webpage where Zambian citizens can report violations of civil rights, alleged instances of rigging, and/or voter fraud ahead of tomorrow’s bye-election in Mufumbwe.

The new crowdsourcing project, which will be located at, will collect information for further confirmation and inclusion in a comprehensive report on the rights situation in Zambia that will be presented to international bodies and non-governmental organizations.  CDDR guarantees the confidentiality of volunteer participants, and will continue using the reporting platform after the bye-election to monitor violations of rights to free expression and association. In addition, the ‘I REPORT’ project plans to launch a hotline to receive telephone and SMS text message complaints of violations.

“Given the numerous reports of harassment of opposition party workers by violent youth cadres and unlawfully blocked political meetings, we decided it was time to establish a central location to collect the details of these incidences and other transgressions,” said Robert Amsterdam, an international lawyer working with CDDR.  “The government, police, and courts have failed to respond to these violations of citizens’ rights, therefore it is necessary to provide people with the opportunity to have their voices heard on another platform.”

According to a communiqué released in late October, the CDDR is preparing international actions based on alleged violations of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights by members of the ruling Patriotic Front party and President Michael Sata.

The CDDR is a legal defence alliance representing a broad array of opposition parties, political figures, and private citizens who believe their civil rights have been infringed by the conduct of the Zambian authorities.

More information can be read at


Photo of the day: Masses turn up for MMD in Mufumbwe
RB heads to University of Dar es Salaam

25 Responses to "CDDR launches project to monitor possible rigging in Mufumbwe"

  1. There isn’t any water in the bottle.Well

  2. Democracy  November 7, 2012 at 13:25

    We need checks and balances otherwise our democracy will be meaningless. If pf is having problems in mufumbwe it is their own making. During 2011 comphains they promised people milk and honey, going by their promises what they are doing now is the waste we have ever seen in the history of this nation. Have they seen Obama going door to door dishing money for a vote or using violent activities to win people’s hearts, he performed according to his promises that is why his re-election has never been a problem. Rigging can never be a solution to win elections but your governance speaks louder.

  3. concernedcitizen  November 7, 2012 at 11:11

    i hope the chief wasn’t seduced by this masebo girl a known loose woman in exchange for support.

  4. Honest  November 7, 2012 at 10:01

    The chief in that picture should be included. He is fond of siding with the ruling party all the time.

  5. Zvee  November 7, 2012 at 09:09

    Waste of time the Zambian NGOs are there to make money for themselves, don’t believe in their programs. Late Kunda was vocal when he was LAZ president but become useless when he become vice president and justice minister, Similary happening to Musa Mwenya and Mutembo Nchito.

    • MAMBALA  November 7, 2012 at 10:47

      you forgot to finish…and become vocal and made sense when MMD was booted out, the man was making sense on his way to the grave.

  6. taliban  November 7, 2012 at 08:05

    arrest the stupid idito judge ngoma..he’s a mercenary..

  7. concernedcitizen  November 7, 2012 at 07:24

    mercenaries like Sata need to be watched night and die otherwise his destructive behavior if left unchecked will endanger the the rights and freedoms that we have enjoyed since Independence.

  8. Ba Zambia  November 7, 2012 at 06:54

    Good idea, we need it so much because someone has declared himself above the law. We are finished without a strong pressure group. Our people will start dying one by one soon. So, this initiative is most welcome. Ba Watch Dog, you too are a wonderful facility for Zambians to air their views. I LOVE ZAMBIAN WATCHDOG

  9. skullface  November 7, 2012 at 06:49

    In Zambia we also vote for a person who makes us laugh during political rallies.

  10. Bus  November 7, 2012 at 06:47

    Don’t give the chief pussy Sylvia.He is not Winter!

  11. Mr Kiss  November 7, 2012 at 06:45

    Is this not the amsterdam representing RB’s son?he seems to be ant pf.or is he taking advantage of there dullness?

  12. lengwe  November 7, 2012 at 06:26

    idle ACC and OP in CHOMA!!!!cant you see what is happening in the DC’s office.wake up.are you professionals i wonder.

  13. mc  November 7, 2012 at 06:22

    Good initiative.

  14. Hughes Mwila  November 7, 2012 at 06:19

    Nice plan

  15. Chchu  November 7, 2012 at 06:12

    We shall monitor the rigging in mufumbwe

  16. lutente  November 7, 2012 at 06:08

    we want to finish PF Choma using their own DC.We want to do dont kubeba on them.they think they are clever..

  17. soko  November 7, 2012 at 05:37


    • mimi  November 7, 2012 at 06:05

      Indeed sweet victory, Americans vote for quality but pa Zed awe sure.

    • Pankolobwato  November 7, 2012 at 07:32

      We have no mentors or role models to look up to in Zambia that’s why. Look at our youth, their role models and mentors are criminals. They find sata a con and Shawi a murderer as someone to emulate because its a quick route to the top.

      • Nebo Ngyaniye  November 7, 2012 at 08:11

        Even youths of America gave more votes to Obama as @ mimi, but Zed youths can dance naked for CNP and end up proving to be F…ls and duped.

        • Mubanga  November 7, 2012 at 10:53

          Education plays an important role in issues of governance. As long as Zambians remain uneducated and illiterate, they will always vote for con-men and Chimbwis

          • Tac  November 7, 2012 at 15:52

            I agree education cannot be divorced from political maturity.

      • Defense Minister  November 7, 2012 at 13:11


  18. Zozifunila paku vota  November 7, 2012 at 04:51

    Good idea but too late to accommodate transgressions in Mufumbwe by-election.

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