Photo of the day: Soldiers in Mufumbwe on voting day

The following photos taken by MuviTV show heavily armed soldiers patrolling polling stations in Mufumbwe villages as voting was going on.

We ask ourselves: how can villagers, who most of the times only see bicycles vote freely with such show of force around them?

Such photos can intimidate even voters in Kabulonga or California.

Clearly there was need to maintain law and order in Mufumbwe, but was it necessary to mobilise the second battallion of the Zambia army into Mufumbwe?

What about the hundreds of police officers Solomni Jere said he sent to Mufumbwe?

Soldiers in Mufumbwe at Times of Zambia vehicle passes by

Opposition voters harassed by police. See same soldiers in background

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103 Responses to "Photo of the day: Soldiers in Mufumbwe on voting day"

  1. cbu  November 12, 2012 at 16:46

    stupid masamba and pf

  2. cbu  November 12, 2012 at 16:43

    we need to be serious my fellow zambian,honest speaking how can we vote for that idot masumba,who coused an unnecesary by election [2]the case is stil in cout for forgery of certificates,this is a sign of dullness of our leaders and these people are talking us no where.beter to go and work outside the country than seeing the boat sinking and you are just wacthingm,the snake is very greed and dull.

  3. pity  November 12, 2012 at 16:31

    i feel sad when i look at these men in the picture. are they really zambians? if they are shame on our leaders. the difference between them and me is that i got an eduction. clearly they are iliterate, may our govt have a heart for the poor people and help emancipate them from poverty.

  4. shaka  November 12, 2012 at 13:57

    congrats steve for winning the mufumbwe by elections, indeed you have taught them a lesson especially the chokwes who wants to bring segregation in mufumbwe, we are behind you man whether development or no development all we needed in muf was peace, kamondo shame on you and your people including ba mumba, muzungu and samora, mmd/upnd, kamondo and samora wawaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

  5. muko  November 12, 2012 at 12:43

    Rubbish these are not soldiers cant you clearly see a police marked motor vehicle a landcruiser.

  6. kunda remmy  November 12, 2012 at 09:29

    those were not soldiers you must write things that you have first hand informaion don’t misled this nation i was there myself.

  7. shamatuli  November 12, 2012 at 07:00

    Bafikala those are nt sldrs. Hw can a sldr on duty dress like a rebel-civil clothes n combat. Wake up knw ur army n its tenets

    • kamunthu  November 12, 2012 at 12:06

      Who where they then? and what do you say about the combat bottom?you mean soldiers are not allowed to put on T shirts? and the weapon the chap was carrying not an ordinary weapon cops carry that is a belt- fed machine gun

  8. William jere  November 11, 2012 at 11:54

    We dont need soldiers when voting, do we? The so called leaders must be carefull the way they plan thing. We are watching.

  9. Bemba Under Oath  November 10, 2012 at 21:59

    What we donot have in Zambia is the Zambia Army. We have a wonderful police and National service. The army is chicken feed, trash, foools, idiots. I cannot accept the stupidity with a machine gun in Mufumbwe on defenceless villagers. Please, let the world know about this. This is GBM’s tactics. Keeping people in government even when you are convinced without doubt that they are corrupt. This is what theu can do to please a fooolish master

  10. Li Wang  November 10, 2012 at 21:39

    MMD, I salute you for giving a big fight despite the hostile atmosphere. PF have confiscated most of your vehicles, nearly all your MPs are facing petitions on flimsy grounds and yet you tried all best to give Masumba sleepless nights. For people of Mufumbwe, remember what Sata said about the people of North Western…you have really betrayed the province-whether there was rigging or not, but you should have stood firm like the our brothers in Southern Province. PF will never do anything good for NWP – mark my word.

    • Bemba Under Oath  November 10, 2012 at 21:53

      You are right. He called them buttocks and they may be really so, he knew why he called them that way.I think he was right.

  11. yyyyy  November 10, 2012 at 21:35

    u have nothing to teach

  12. Complete  November 10, 2012 at 20:47

    Zambian govt is slowly tuning peoples minds to brace for potential civil war. Pics depicts dictatorial tendencies and its a matter of time. Leaders should exercise democracy by deeds and not by word of mouth. At one time Syria was like Zambia currently now look what is happening.

  13. Eagels Eye  November 10, 2012 at 20:24

    I don’t think this is Zambia or Mufumbwe. I am sure these should be soldiers form some West African country.

    • kolwe ni kolwe  November 12, 2012 at 16:26

      Don’t bury your head in sand.

      Have you not seen the man wearing the common Zambia national team replica Jersey in yellow and men wearing para military uniforms.

      My only problem is that I can not comprehend that it is happening in Zambia. It is more like a NAZI concentration camp or some war ravaged country in the Congo or west Africa.

      Please ba politician give us peace and not war.

  14. concernedcitizen  November 10, 2012 at 19:53

    A soldier in a canvas? these Soldiers don’t instill any confidence their actually very frightening as these guys look more like armed robbers under the influence of Tugilijili which was found in muchinga. And i used to wonder why people in muchinga love sata kanshi its because their always drunk with tugilijili supplied by Libongani’s ZP under the escort of Inutu Suba’s OP ( sata’s wapa mbali).

  15. Jack SparroW  November 10, 2012 at 19:19

    These re not Zambian soldiers this is an insult to our gallant men in uniform, they don’t wear half combat with fake camouflage. Those footed guys they re criminals from the prison. A voter or a cadre doesn’t look like that,scared like hell. Noo ways

  16. Zimbwi no brain  November 10, 2012 at 19:06

    Unfortunately there isn’t much one can deduce from the pictures provided.

  17. rodrik  November 10, 2012 at 18:37

    Police have duties to perform also,maintain peace and you will never see armed security again,its your choice,you misbehave you get wacked.

  18. Why Zambia.  November 10, 2012 at 18:26

    is it true dat in military they train how 2 rig elections?

  19. Honest  November 10, 2012 at 17:31

    Brace for the worst.

  20. Pamberi  November 10, 2012 at 16:59

    That’s a big lesson for UPND; u killed yo own momentum. How on earth can u let MMD stand in yo own backyard? Yo CV is now badly dented. Learn to learn: stand on yo own anywhere & everywhere.

  21. The Kimbanguist  November 10, 2012 at 16:58

    What is there to moderate? These are simple comments, you have been caught with your pants down, publishing misleading photos!

  22. Man -Abel  November 10, 2012 at 16:19

    Looks more like Banyamulenge not Zambia Army.

    • The Kimbanguist  November 10, 2012 at 17:01

      This not Mufumbwe, how is it that all opposition voters are bare footed? These are not voters but criminals in outside some sort of a prison. They all look scared!

  23. Malende  November 10, 2012 at 15:59

    The battle is won many miles away. The opposition lost Mufumbwe seat when UPND decided not to contest the seat but support MMD. Forget about the presence of soldiers. Forget about rigging it wasnt there.

    • Banda  November 10, 2012 at 16:45

      You are very dull for sure! There were no soldiers when you are seeing them in these photos. Very shallow cadre mentality. You seem to know no wrong and right.

      • Malende  November 11, 2012 at 15:51

        Dont be quick to anger. A little more analysis and first hand info will be more helpful even to you.

  24. Beyonce  November 10, 2012 at 15:56

    This is primitive, someone educate leaders that in civilised countries like US you will never find such mediocrity, a soldier with wrong attire at a polling station, what type of democracy is it? we condemn such actions in the strongest terms

  25. ndombe  November 10, 2012 at 15:28





    • Justice at Hand !  November 10, 2012 at 16:40

      ha ha ha!

  26. M. Kangwa Mutale  November 10, 2012 at 15:21

    Zambia Army dont look that, they are always in uniform when on duty. Those are Paramilitary police

    • kamunthu  November 12, 2012 at 12:11

      Oh they are semi military police heavly armed with machine guns that was too much force though. Voters cant vote with free mindslike that.

  27. shushushu  November 10, 2012 at 15:12

    Why are you crying you Zambians you need this. You need more money in your pocket. The waste is yet to come.

    • Ruff  November 11, 2012 at 06:44

      Your waste? Ha! Ha! Ha!

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