By Waziona Nkhwekwe Chirwa
The mercenaries had a field day when the Major political parties and NGOs from Zambia held a Press conference in South Africa, Informing the international community about the unfolding tragedy that the leadership of the reclusive, incompetent repressive and intolerant regime of President Michael Sata has unleashed on our country. A government that promised heaven and delivered hell to the Zambian people!
Predictably those paid agents, mercenaries for hire for the repressive and brutal PF regime; the sunshine patriots who are usually blind to injustice unleashed on the masses and whose tongues are on holiday when real injustice is occasioned on the defenseless citizens had hills and mountains to say about the press conference that was held by the Zambia’s main opposition political parties in South Africa.
The conduct of those in power today is not different from that traitor Ephialtes who betrayed his fellow Greeks by showing the Persian army an alternative route at the battle of Thermopylae (480 BC). Traitors exist in all the four corners of the world and have indeed existed since the time of Genesis. However, that is no reason to tolerate their distasteful conduct as they run around destroying our country with impunity.
From the onset, as a Zambian citizen, I do not consider South Africa as foreign country. I say so because we accommodated our comrades from South Africa for 30 years when they were fighting for their freedom as we are doing today. The press conference held by the major Zambian opposition political parties in South Africa is both significant and symbolic.
Significant because Zambia as, the father of South Africa’s democracy is about to lose its freedom. Symbolic because Zambia as an embattled Parent has to run to South Africa to re launch its quest for democracy that currently hangs in a balance!
I could not help but wonder were these sunshine patriots were when for over one year the PF regime had virtually banned our rights to assemble and associate as enshrined in our constitution. I wondered where their eloquent voice has been when the PF has been busy denying us the very freedom our freedom fighters died for to ensure that we enjoy the freedom that has now become endangered under the ruthless and brutal PF regime.
For the first time in our nation’s history, the Patriotic government has with impunity and arrogance denied the major political parties the rights to assembly and association as enshrined in our Zambian constitution. We have witnessed with our naked eyes Cabinet Ministers like Edgar Lungu publicly and shamelessly declare on national television that the Zambia police force will not protect the citizens who where to attend the UPND Kabwata rally.
We witnessed hired thugs armed with Machetes and iron bars rake havoc on the Kabwata grounds. I personally saw shattered windows of vehicles and bloody faces at the UNPD rally in Kabwata. The carnage yet to be condemned , by those curiously trumpeting the perceived lack the patriotism on the part of the opposition leaders who sounded the alarm of the degenerating democratic conditions in Zambia.
For the first time since independence serving Members of parliament where arrested and thrown into jail by the PF regime for visiting their constituencies. The Satanism, brutality, mercilessness and inhumanity was demonstrated by something that not even brutal dictators do. They detained women among which was a member of parliament and men in the same cell at a police station in Kitwe. Ignoring the most basic and acceptable rule that govern the detention of suspect throughout the civilized world.
The viciousness of the PF regime should frighten even those who currently benefit from this systematic break down of the rule of law in Zambia. They must always remember that tyranny never chooses its victims.
“That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it , and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson