Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) National Youth Treasurer Lengwe Bwalya has charged that plenty of cracks are beginning to show within the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) government as they continue to make frantic efforts to secure victory in the upcoming General elections on 11th August 2016. Mr Bwalya said this was evident from the continued misuse of the Public Order Act.
“The people of Zambia continue to be denied their fundamental human rights and unfortunately, even non-political meetings are now demanding a permit even though this provision was struck down by a Supreme Court judgment in 1995. What a shame!
“It’s not so long ago when MMD President Nevers Sekwila Mumba was tear-gassed with our party members in Lundazi. This nonsense should come to an end! We seem to have a trigger-happy Inspector General of Police. No wonder our President Dr Mumba has promised the Zambian people that when we form government, we shall remove that piece of legislation that the PF has misused.
“And we continue to condemn in the strongest possible terms the hate speech and tribal talk from the PF and government top leadership. Zambia’s 73 ethic groups have lived in peace and harmony for as long as this nation has existed and we cannot allow anyone to jeopardise this unity. One wonders why despite repeated calls from the Head of State to stop tribal talk, his cabinet ministers do not heed his directive.
“Could it be that he is no longer in control of the PF or is it that some people are untouchable, uncontrollable and reckless, or is it ‘neckless’? Zambians are watching and will be giving their verdict on PF soon. Hon. Wilbur Simuusa has rightly put it as reported in the The Post Newspapers of 18th January, 2016 that ‘…. this arrogance will cost the PF’. Just one vote from Southern Province could prove decisive,” Mr Bwalya added.