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Zambia: the opposition deplores the cut-off of the internet and demands its restoration

Zambia’s main opposition presidential candidate has denounced the cut-off of the internet during Thursday’s tightly contested elections and called on for its restoration.

We call on Zicta [the communications authority] to immediately unblock the internet so citizens can follow the electoral process and continue with their lives unhindered,” Hakainde Hichilema said in a tweet.

WhatsApp is still down and Twitter and Facebook intermittently so.

People have been using virtual private networks (VPNs), which allow users to circumvent local restrictions.

Election day passed off largely peacefully, but President Edgar Lungu, who is seeking a second term, said some violence was reported in the North-Western province, a stronghold of Mr Hichilema, where two people including a ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party chairman were killed.

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“I’m also appalled by the amount of mayhem witnessed in North-Western, some parts of Western, and Southern provinces. Clearly, the elections in these places have not been free and fair,” he tweeted.

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