the zambia congress of trade union (zctu) has challenged all the local and international elections observers to give election monitoring reports after the elections based on transparency and respect to the country’s existing laws.
speaking during a press briefing in lusaka today zctu general secretary roy mwaba says the election monitors and observers must not forget that zambia is an independent country even though it depends on its neighbours and other cooperating partners as well.
mr. mwaba has stated that the international and local observers and monitors must take note of what has been happening since the campaign period was opened, during and after the elections to give credible reports unlike in certain instances where they have given reports which cause anarchy.
the zctu general secretary has pointed out that the election monitors and observers must not in any way interfere in the democratic process of the country.
meanwhile the labour movement says the next government which will form government after the 20th of this month must seriously look at various ways of strengthening the labour laws in the country to ensure that workers rights are protected at all cost especially for those working for foreign investors.
mr. mwaba says the new government must address the thorny issues of casualization, corruption, accountability, weak labour legislation and widen the tax base adding that zambians are tired of empty promises during electioneering especially on job creation.
he says the incoming government must also put in place appropriate macro-economic policies which will ensure speedy transformation of the economy and create quality and sustainable employment.
meanwhile the labour movement has further called on all employers to release their employees on tuesday which is the 20th of september to allow them to go and vote for their preferred candidates.
mr. mwaba noted that there are some foreign workers on elections day who do not allow their employees to cast their votes and this will not be tolerated especially those working for foreign companies which have invested in the country./////