Sata and his PF said to have used Nikuv method in Mufumbwe

Michael Sata

There are strong indications that president Michael Sata and his government have brought back the Nikuv method of rigging elections and that it was used in Mufumbwe and other local government elections last week.

What has been established so far is that president Sata has brought back the OP officers who worked on the Nikuv rigging formulae in 1996. These OP guys were fired by Levy Mwanawasa when he took over from Chiliuba.

The resurrected OP officers are working together with Xavier Chungu, the former OP boss whom Sata wanted to appoint as PS for Luapula province. Sata and Chungu are buddies. They go a long way.

In 1996, all the major opposition political parties then led by UNIP boycotted the presidential elections due to suspicions of intentions by the MMD under Fredrick Chiluba and Michael Sata as minister without portfolio. One of the outstanding  accusation by UNIP was that the ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) used tricks by double printing voters cards to enable MMD party members vote twice.

The MMD of Chiluba and Sata hired an Israel company that specializes in identification, electoral and government systems- Nikuv.

Michael Sata became MMD National Secretary in 1995 and in 1996 he was appointed Minister without Portfolio, often seen as the Number three position in the country’s political hierarchy. He held these positions until 2001, when he differed with President Chiluba for selecting Levy Mwanawasa instead of Sata as successor. So when the Nikuv project was being implemented, Sata was the chief executive of MMD and number three in government.

Nikuv was hired to prepare the voter registers roll in 1995, prior to the 1996 parliamentary and presidential elections.

Note that Nikuv is the same company that was hired to prepare voters rolls for the last elections in Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

These rolls were rejected by Zambia’s opposition, because preliminary checks revealed anomalies such as people being placed in wrong polling stations, incorrect names and in some cases, people who had registered to vote were simply omitted in the final registers.

While in the past voters were issued with voters cards on registration, under the new system voters had to collect cards at a later date. The registration exercise failed to capture a large number of eligible voters. Out of about 4.5 million eligible voters, only 2.3 million registered. In a number of cases, voters were registered under wrong polling stations and as a result, were unable to find their names in the registers on polling day. A more serious problem to emerge was the large number of cases of people who had the same national registration numbers.

But Chiluba and Sata were determined to go ahead and had not time to listen to anyone, just like today. They are in power and were voted by the majority, so they say.

Dean Mungo’mba and Roger Chongwe took the government to court to stop it from using the Nikuv prepared voter registers.

High Court Judge Dennis Chirwa ruled that the Nikuv registers were faulty and ordered the government to find an alternative voters’ roll to conduct the elections.

The government appealed to the Supreme Court where the decision was reversed by Chief Justice Matthew Ngulube who said while the Court appreciated the fact that the Nikuv voters rolls had errors, the Supreme Court could not uphold the High Court’s decision, because finding an alternative would cost the government too much money.

It was at this point that the major United National Independence Party (UNIP), led by  Kenneth Kaunda, decided to boycott the elections and was joined by 12 other opposition parties.

It was worth noting that the faulty register was not the only measure Chiluba and Sata put in place to frustrate the opposition. They also changed the law to prevent KK and his vice Chief Inyambo Yeta from contesting.

To take care of KK who stood a big chance of bouncing back in power, Chiluba and Sata introduced a law that not only should a presidential candidate be a Zambian but that his/her parents must also be Zambians by birth or descent.

Kaunda and his parents came from Malawi.

To make sure UNIP vice-vice president Chief Inyambo Yeta was also prevented from standing; chiefs were required to give up their chieftaincy if they wished to contest elections.

Thus the Nikuv project worked very well for Chiluba and Sata.

This time, the Watchdog has been briefed that that Nikuv system is back. Sources say it was used in the Mufumbwe parliamentary and the 14 local government elections last week to test it.

The formulae will also be used in the next bye-elections once the MMD MPs working for Sata resign.

Without massive rigging, the PF has no capacity to win elections especially in areas like Mufumbwe and Luena where they just did.

Last week’ elections had to be won at all cost as a psychological tool on the general populace.

As an opposition leader, Mr. Sata seems to be aware of the various rigging schemes governments use to the point where he urged his supporters never to use the Electoral Commission of Zambia (EZC) pens provided in the booth but carry their own pens.

In his scepticism, Sata told his supporters that once they use the ECZ pens, the marks on the ballot papers would after some time be given to his opponent, Rupiah Banda.

The simple question to be asked is what is it that the PF has done for them to be voted by a margin of three thousand in Mufumbwe? What reason is there for the people of Luena to vote for PF when from the time the PF came into power, it has been showing nothing but scorn for the people of that region?

Why should people of Rufunsa vote for the PF when there is no clean water in the area and farmers have not been paid for the sweat?

Was it not the same PF which lost three parliamentary bye-elections just after winning the general elections? Suddenly the PF is popular all over the country?

Still on the Nikuv project, it was the Nikuv team that managed the last elections in Zimbabwe which the whole world knows were a natural disaster.

Nikuv was also involved in the Lesotho disaster a few months ago. See this:

It is not for nothing that President Michael Sata is boasting of taking urgent and practical measures to protect MMD MPs. He knows what he has put in place


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60 Responses to "Sata and his PF said to have used Nikuv method in Mufumbwe"

  1. Fitiball  November 13, 2012 at 16:45

    What do polling agents do then if they can’t monitor what is going on under their noses?

  2. nonpartzan  November 13, 2012 at 15:24

    God is the one who choose leaders. They used nikuv but all the same their time came. You can fool others but not all the people. God has always been at our side. We voted the man in to be our leader not our boss let him keep on destroying his house with his own hands time will tell.

  3. Bullu Muchende  November 13, 2012 at 15:08

    back to stone age era.lack of knowledge and adequate information among the citizens is to cost us dearly.with all due respect how can we have a person like george chella a yo bali born in 1982 and still very childish to speak for the president.comrades lets learn to be serious when dealing with issues to do with national governance as if its not enough we now have this masumba nonsense i refuse to swallow this bitter pill

  4. Bullu Muchende  November 13, 2012 at 15:03

    back to stone age era.lack of knowledge and adequate information among the citizens is to cost us dearly.with all due respect how can we have a person like george chella a yo bali born in 1982 and still very childish to speak for the president.comrades lets learn to be serious when dealing with issues to do with national governance

  5. Bullu Muchende  November 13, 2012 at 14:48

    agony is having dull,foolish and arogant masumba not only represent you as M.P but also as provincial minister.i feel for my collegues in North Western for such a bitter pill they will have to swallow.if i had my way i would frastrate all his efforts

  6. Bullu Muchende  November 13, 2012 at 14:40

    well said my brother i totally agree with yuo

  7. The Defeated  November 13, 2012 at 14:39

    Please can you include my comment, you should mature up and learn to accomodate criticism where you expose your foolishness!

  8. Francis Chibwinja  November 13, 2012 at 14:33

    Give PF time to rule this country.We voted for them.There are many ways of killing a rat.Any method used to win an election it being orthodox or not the winner shall be seen

  9. ramap david binven bedding  November 13, 2012 at 13:11


  10. THE SAINT  November 13, 2012 at 13:10

    Mossad is the most ruthless and most feared Intelligence Organisation in the world. Mossad does all the dirty work for western democracies. If Mossad wants you dead, you are dead.
    Mossad through Nikuv provides IT consultations for population stats, elections, airport security and even agriculture and food security!
    Don’t tamper with Mossad.

  11. Uncle Junior  November 13, 2012 at 13:05

    What strong indications??? where is the proof you feeble minded watchpigs??? You just lost the elections move on……..

  12. bwana  November 13, 2012 at 12:15

    fya bufi fyonse fi now i believe uwaawa tabula kabepesho
    friends just accept defeat
    and congratulate masumba for his victory
    and what exactly do you want? you’re saying no cabinet possition for nothwestners and keeps on criticising the government

  13. Heni  November 13, 2012 at 11:32

    To disintegrate Zambia into a lawless jungle like DRC is mostly likely their aim – an organised confusion.

  14. Top Wisdom  November 13, 2012 at 11:29

    Uwawa tabula kabepesho. You will soon run out of excuses but the truth of the matter still remains, the opposition lost it. PF is growing in strength.

    • KopalaSwagg  November 13, 2012 at 11:41

      You don’t know what you’re talking about.. Muleipusha!

  15. JM  November 13, 2012 at 11:27

    I said it last week, and it didn’t take long! There is no way PF would have won the elections this time without tricks. I am sure more will be revealed.

  16. Nelson Elisons BJ  November 13, 2012 at 11:08

    Is that so??

  17. Tambanazo  November 13, 2012 at 10:51

    I have decided to join PF so that I can enjoy the fruits of rigging.

  18. ..  November 13, 2012 at 08:53


    • R.N  November 13, 2012 at 15:37

      But was it a failed project in 2011 when it was RB vs SATA. Then it follows that MMD and UPND need to use the methods SATA used against RB.

  19. concernedcitizen  November 13, 2012 at 08:31

    why do you think sata cried bitterly the last time he lost to Rupiah Banda saying that MMD had stolen votes with the famous quotes ( go and ask them they have run away am also looking for them). sata knew of these methods even when he was in opposition as his the one who introduced these rigging tactics, MMD failed to rigg the last elections because people turned out in numbers to vote for sata and rom international pressure.

  20. Akamunofu Kalowa  November 13, 2012 at 08:23

    On a serious note UPND and MMD must seriously reorganize themselves. Arguing for the sake of it will not take them anywhere. Oly when the offer credible opposition and alternatives will they be able to form Government, say in 2051

  21. Mubanga  November 13, 2012 at 08:22

    There are so many formulas being used by PF! Now we know!

  22. S.M.M  November 13, 2012 at 07:40


    • even mrs sata has failed to cope!  November 13, 2012 at 08:29

      for sure we are heading towards an iceberg. these people have failed to control this boat. my beloved zambia!

  23. Mbwatu....  November 13, 2012 at 07:35

    PF were giving cash to voters even on the polling day. They had voters’ registers of all polling stations and were following up voters with money. The government spent a lot of money.

    • matako 4  November 13, 2012 at 09:14

      i have reliable info dat the ballot papers used in the recent elections in mufumbwe were different from the one used in September 2011…the pf shud not be over exited

  24. kapitao  November 13, 2012 at 07:34


  25. Lewis Bangwe  November 13, 2012 at 07:31

    nonsense, just accept defeat

  26. kapitao  November 13, 2012 at 07:31

    This all bull sheei.t. Zambian politics are not about issues. They are about parties and individuals. Besides most voters especially rural ones just vote for whose child is it and at what village does he come from. Opposition lost. The best they can do is to go back to the drawing board.

  27. matako 4  November 13, 2012 at 07:11

    i have reliable info dat the ballot papers used in the recent elections were different from the one used in september 2011….the pf shud not be over exited

  28. WE GAVE UP ON PF BEFORE IT STARTED  November 13, 2012 at 07:03


  29. John Chinena  November 13, 2012 at 07:00

    Blame every thing on Sata including the rains and drought. Sorry, unless you understand why you lost, you will keep loosing. Nothing to do with rigging. Fishing in a bathtub!

    • Wafwawafwa Washalawashala  November 13, 2012 at 09:20

      OK, opposition lost. But does that stop us from investigating? We now live in a modern world.

      See Matako 4’s comment below.

  30. Bus  November 13, 2012 at 06:57

    If indeed people in Luena voted fo PF then they are fools of the worst kind.Which I don’t think so.These elections were rigged period.We are yet to see more rigging until the system rots like it did under the MMD where the the whistle blowers were within and inside the system.

  31. Kantolo  November 13, 2012 at 06:48

    There is no Nikuv. People of Mufumbwe wanted UPND!

  32. Kanyangu  November 13, 2012 at 06:38

    I was told opposition were camping and spent sleepless nites in mufumbwe in order to campaign and prevent rigging.they can tells us the truth wat really transpired since they were physically there.they seem not to know wat really hit them.this is dangerous especially wen u dont seem to understand yo opponent

  33. No Name  November 13, 2012 at 06:38

    The only solution for the opposition will be invest in PVT Parallel Voter Tabulation, if they had used it in Mfumbwe, the story would have been different. If PF failed to grab Livingstone and Muchinga, how did they manage to get Mfumbwe? Everything under the sun has its own time.

  34. the light  November 13, 2012 at 06:22

    how much did mmd and pf spend on vote buying? zwd should ve d reporter there not those informers of yours they let u and us down in the final four days before election day. pliz pipo note that upnd won where only them challenged pf, but where ever mmd was found it was bad as they are easy meat to pf. mufumbwe saw a lot of money and unreported voilence during the days when ecz said no more campaigns, why? corruption and lawlessness was the order of the day. i think partie must be financially accountable to to pipo, parties’ sources of money and how they use it otherwise in today’s poverty zambia boy wont make free choices

  35. Bob  November 13, 2012 at 06:08

    If Chungu AGAIN starts to engage in activities against the people of Zambia like he did under Chiluba, then he does not repent and deserves to be beheaded the Sharia way. What kind of a person is this who does not learn from his past mistakes? He escaped imprisonment by a whisker but again retuens to ‘his vomitus’ like the biblical swine! My foot. This time he may not be too lucky.

    • Ulemona  November 13, 2012 at 07:05

      He shud have been imprisoned!

    • Bungee Jumper  November 13, 2012 at 08:23

      You will be surprised to learn that Chungu is on government payroll.

  36. Yoyo paka muti  November 13, 2012 at 06:03

    Nikuv,Im aware those guys! Rigging doesnt take people. Pf won’t last longer than term. They r a transition party

  37. REAL MAN  November 13, 2012 at 05:52

    The opposition just lost. Foools.

  38. mfumu chiZende  November 13, 2012 at 05:36

    HH and Nevers are just dull. That’s why they lost

  39. Nojou  November 13, 2012 at 05:27

    Sour Grapes opposition just lost in Mufumbwe !
    How do they Lise 12 of the 14 local Govt seats??
    Even ADD beat UPNd in Luena!!

    Let’s be serious for once.

  40. kayula  November 13, 2012 at 04:49

    Nemwe let us accept that as at now sata does not have a challenger. Even a few that did not vote for him in 2011 are busy trying to associate themselves with him becouse he has bread and buter. EG Nangula and mabili and defections in some parts of southern and central. Besides they have started working on roads HH suporters love him so much that they cant see wether he is taking UPND forward or not and those trying to tell him the truth are either insulted or thretened to be expelled the best they can do is to sing the song he likes.UPND participated in some elections in wards and performed badly and no one is talking about all we are seeing is mufumbwe.look at the difference Nangula ward PF 964 UPND 172. Nevers Mumba has just insulted pipo of muchinga who shud be his back bone during his campaign in mufumbwe Muvi TV has the record. There was no rigging it was a question of one eyed man among four blind men. my advice to members of these two parties is the two presidents will not take us to the promised land can we have a president who can be accepted country ward Yes they can talk and insult are the talking making the parties more popular?

    • Lukwena  November 13, 2012 at 06:07

      How did he lose to Kunda in Muchinga and lose in Livingstone if there are no challengers?

  41. "THE SILENT MAJORITY"  November 13, 2012 at 04:30

    The Pf have always been a desperate party of which decieved people to get into power. These are the acts of a desperate lot. I have never had confidence nor trust in the President and his lazy bunch of a party

  42. Emk  November 13, 2012 at 04:16

    Surely i doubted there capability especially in mumfumbwe. Shame, this pf gov is taking backwards as a country

  43. sweetie  November 13, 2012 at 03:34

    But if there are voters’ registers and monitors it’s hard to rig. MMD was just a wrong party to leave alone in mufumbwe by upnd

  44. Chisenga  November 13, 2012 at 03:15


  45. ICC  November 13, 2012 at 02:40

    i was honestly shocked to see the pf win by such a large margin in an area where they are not the most popular party around

    • mwenso bob  November 13, 2012 at 15:38

      That is what money can do to a poverty stricken society. Huge sams of money was used by the Government- infact such moneys are not accounted for- thus the reason why you will see all those pf campaign managers from on where driving posh cars. The opposition did not have much money to bribe the voters was the tax payers money that worked for the pf.

  46. Brandon  November 13, 2012 at 02:39

    Credibility is an important aspect of the electoral process because democracy rests on the electoral process.

    So what we need is credible electoral systems,violence free system,free and fair and so on.We also need a neutral referee,the electoral commission and a place to seek recourse such as electoral commission and courts.

    So it is important for ECZ is clear about these issues of Likuv and Mossad. These are not names that should be associated with our democracy.They are normally associated with the spy world.

  47. Brandon  November 13, 2012 at 02:32

    Electoral fraud.

    If this is true the PF is sowing the seeds of disorder.The harvest cannot be order but disorder.I believe that immoral men and women cannot carry the aspirations and hopes of millions of Zambia based on lies.

    These men and women do not have a vision.As a country we are going nowhere very quickly.Attempting to build a country without a vision is like building a series of houses without building plans.

    We desperately need to bring upright and principled men and women to chat the course of the future of Zambia.

    These men and women leading the country are blind.And are enveloped by clouds of corruption and mediocrity.This leadership has no capacity to sort out historical issues ,current issues and future issues.They cannot even handle current issues.So they will not tackle historical issues such as corruption and future issues such as growth.

    The future of our prosperity of Zambia depends on a foundation based on the truth and not on shifting sands(lies).

    We need good men to build strong institutions.

    We are wasting time.

  48. Bin Laden  November 13, 2012 at 01:14

    Now i understand.It is the reason they won Mufumbwe.

  49. mellow titus  November 13, 2012 at 00:58


  50. THE SAINT  November 13, 2012 at 00:56

    Nikuv International Projects is an outlet of Mossad.

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