Forum for Democratic Alternatives Party (FDA) says it is disappointment that the PF won the by-election on an unfair playing field.
FDA President Ludwig Sondashi says this is because the entire state machinery was unleashed on a small community comprising mostly poor villagers.
In a press statement, Dr. Sondashi says that half of President Michael Sata’s cabinet went to camp in Mangango while almost all District Commissioners including those serving suspensions were mobilized into Mangango.
He said the impression therefore is that the contest was not between political parties per se but that it was the PF government that went into the election contrary to the tenets for which the nation reverted to multiparty democracy in 1990 where the ruling party and all other political parties are detached from the government.
The FDA president noted that it can therefore be logically argued that the ruling PF won the Mangango by-election by force because they put in excessive pressure.
He said this also means that public confidence in the ruling PF is on the decline mainly due to the dictatorial manner in which the regime has conducted public affairs since assumption of office in 2011 up to now where they have further mishandled President Sata’s long absence from office.
Dr. Sondashi has charged that in short, the ruling party is allegedly operating a de-facto one party state in a multiparty constitutional arrangement.