Zam Viral Facebook page posted a video on 12th August 2021, claiming that a Patriotic Front cadre was caught at Kabulonga Secondary School Polling Station in Lusaka. The video showed a man wearing a grey and white striped golf T-shirt and upon removing it, he was left wearing political party regalia. This caused alarm among the polling agents as no one is allowed to wear political party regalia or anything symbolizing a political party at a polling station.
The Fact-Checking Team has determined as true the claim by Zam Viral that a suspected Patriotic Front cadre was caught wearing political party regalia at a polling station, in contravention of ECZ guidelines. To verify this claim, the iVerify Team team contacted the polling agents and spoke to some voters who were at Kabulonga Secondary School Polling Station in Lusaka, and a number of them confirmed the incident. According to one of the polling agents and voters, a man who wearing political party regalia representing the Patriotic Front regalia was inside the polling station before it opened. According to the videos by various social media platforms such as Kalemba and Zam Viral, the man who identified himself as Evans Katebe is seen after removing his Grey and White striped Golf T-shirt wearing Patriotic Front regalia. One of the men wearing an outfit of the ECZ polling assistants said that the man was not part of the team monitoring the elections at Kabulonga Secondary School polling station. The man did not provide an identity card and claimed that he made a mistake. The other polling agents who seemed uncomfortable with the man’s presence interviewed him and he failed to specify why he was in the polling station, and what he was doing at the polling station. According to the ECZ polling guidelines, no one is allowed to wear political party regalia or anything symbolizing a political party at a polling station. The Deputy National Spokesperson of Zambia Police, Mr. Danny Mwale said the Zambia Police have not yet received any report concerning this incident.