The government of the United States (US) has condemned the violence that has erupted in several sections of the country in the aftermath of the August 12, 2021 general elections. According to US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young, any form of violence is unacceptable and should not be condoned.
Mr. Young has urged law enforcement to pursue those responsible for the violence and looting. He emphasised that violence by political cadres from both parties should be condemned and curtailed by the police.
Mr. Young stated that the United States government will continue to speak out against all forms of violence. He also praised President-elect Trump for speaking out strongly against the reported violence when he addressed the media at his residence yesterday.
Mr. Young was speaking during a ZOOM-based urgent briefing. Violence and looting have been recorded in the provinces of Lusaka, Southern, Copperbelt, and Muchinga.
Meanwhile, the US administration congratulated Hakainde Hichilema, President-Elect of the United Party for National Development (UPND), on his victory in the August 12 general elections.
Mr Young said the turnout of voters on the polling day was gratifying and pleasing as people came out in numbers to vote for their preferred candidates.
He described Mr Hichilema’s election triumph as a “big victory”.
The US Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires said he was impressed with how people stood in long historical cues waiting to cast their vote.
He reaffirmed the United States commitment to further deepen the existing bilateral relations between the two countries.
He said the US government is looking forward to building excellent cooperation on the already existing ties.
At the same briefing, Mr Young commended the Electoral Commissioner of Zambia (ECZ) for administering credible and transparent polls.
He observed that the Commission worked hard by ensuring that the election results were fully announced in 72 hours.
Mr Young also saluted various groups that participated in the electoral process as their efforts contributed to the holding of successful elections.
The US Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires also indicated that the counting of the votes was credible and transparent.
He explained that the role played by both domestic and foreign observers helped in creating or promoting transparency and a conducive atmosphere for voting.
Mr Young was pleased to note Zambia’s voting process which he said is a model to the world.